Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
We continue to extend air traffic surveillance coverage by using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) to provide radar-like information at a much lower cost than radar.
Using ADS-B, we have extended our air traffic surveillance to cover 4 million square kilometres of airspace. This expansion of surveillance coverage will save airline customers an estimated $374 million in fuel costs by 2020 by enabling more fuel efficient routings, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 982,000 metric tons.
This section will cover what you need to know to benefit from ADS-B, mainly:
NAV CANADA has entered into a joint venture with Iridium Communications, called Aireon, which will expand air traffic surveillance to the entire planet by installing ADS-B receivers on Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.
We are not only a partner in the joint venture but have signed a contract to be the first customer of Aireon. Initially we intend to focus on incorporating ADS-B surveillance into the management of busy oceanic airspace over the North Atlantic.