Aireon, yesterday, concluded a two-year-long agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), for the deployment of its space-based ADS-B for surveillance services to ASECNA’s six flight information regions (FIR).
The agreement will ensure and promote safety in the flight information regions and strengthens existing ground-based systems as it covers oceanic, polar and remote regions, including Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar Terrestrial, Dakar Oceanic, N’djamena and Niamey.
Stating the benefits of the recent development, Director General of ASECNA, Mohamed Moussa said expanding surveillance across these oceanic spaces will make for easier and more sustainable partnership with regional ANSPs as the agreement reinforces the commitments of both parties to the safety and service efficiency across the continent.
The surveillance technology ensures ASECNA monitors air traffic across 16.1 million square-kilometres of controlled airspace with better efficiency, safety, while saving costs and reducing emissions. The surveillance technology is also beneficial to ASECNA’s operations over water and land.
Currently, Aireon data is distributed to all centres via Very-Small-Aperture Terminal (VSAT) accessed from Dakar and Abidjan.
In a congratulatory message, Aireon CEO, Don Thoma, applauded ASECNA for its role in the deployment of ADS-B data across the regions.
“Aireon congratulates ASECNA on their leadership in deploying space-based ADS-B data, which will be available across all six flight information regions of ASECNA. This partnership extends the collaboration and the benefits of safety and efficiency to ASECNA’s region.”
Established 60 years ago, ASECNA develops solutions for airport management, studies and aeronautical infrastructure realisations. It also provides aeronautical equipment maintenance, calibration of air navigation instruments and training for civil aviation.
On the other hand, Aireon deploys a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Both companies have been co-operating since 2014 to conduct studies on improving safety and competence in ASECNA’s airspace.
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