|Control tower. Photo: Aireon
[Avionics Today 10-04-2016] Aireon signed a data services agreement with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), the air traffic services provider in the Seychelles Flight Information Region (FIR). Through this agreement, SCAA will gain access to complete surveillance of the Seychelles FIR region, covering an area of approximately 2.63 million square kilometers, a majority of which is oceanic airspace, and borders the flight information regions of Kenya, Somalia, India, Mauritius, Madagascar and Tanzania.
SCAA operates an airspace block that is seeing increased air traffic flow, particularly between Africa, India and the Asia-Pacific region. By partnering with Aireon, SCAA becomes the second African air navigation service provider to sign on for Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) global aircraft tracking solution. Once deployed, Aireon's system will feature real-time flight monitoring for ADS-B Out equipped aircraft, covering 100 percent of the globe.
Due to various avionics mandates, aircraft flying within the Seychelles FIR are already highly equipped with ADS-B and Controller-Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC) systems. This positions air carriers to also immediately reap the benefits of the new air traffic surveillance system while flying in the Seychelles airspace.