[Avionics Today 07-19-2016] Aireon has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in Myanmar. DCA will collaborate with Aireon to develop a concept of operations and benefits analysis for the deployment of Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) service.
DCA provides air traffic control, air navigation, aeronautical information, and aeronautical telecommunication for international and domestic aircraft inside the Yangon Flight Information Region (FIR). It controls an increasingly busy air traffic thoroughfare between Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, with some of its territory being oceanic where terrestrial-based systems are limited.
“We have many challenges installing ground-based surveillance solutions, due to the remote and diverse terrain in our region,” said Soe Paing, director of air navigation safety at DCA Myanmar. “We are growing at almost 10 percent annually and need to ensure that airspace safety is one of our top priorities. The Aireon service will offer us increased safety and visibility that exceeds the capabilities of ground-based infrastructure.”
In February, Aireon signed a data service agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), and it has a long-standing MOA with the Airports Authority of India (AAI). Working with Myanmar and these neighboring regions, Aireon will look to expand the benefits of space-based ADS-B service, including more direct routes and real-time visibility while also reducing emissions.