Global Beacon - Powered by Aireon & FlightAware

100% Global Coverage
Up-to-the-Minute
Aircraft Tracking


Are you ready for GADSS?

GlobalBeaconSM is an easy-to-deploy solution to help make airlines compliant with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) standards. This solution leverages existing technology commonly available on most of the global aircraft fleet (ADS-B Out), well in advance of the November 2018 provisions implementation.

GlobalBeacon, a first of its kind product from Aireon and FlightAware, will detect your aircraft’s position in real-time, everywhere in the world. Through Aireon’s network of satellite-hosted space-based ADS-B receivers, aircraft equipped with ADS-B out transponders will be tracked automatically with their position broadcast in real-time. GlobalBeacon will be the most cost-effective and easy-to-deploy option available to airlines today, and with 100 percent worldwide coverage, GlobalBeacon will transcend borders and Flight Information Regions (FIRs), including polar airspace, to offer a truly global capability that will help airlines meet or exceed GADSS recommendations and requirements.

Request Information


What is GADSS?

ICAO announced new standards designed to help improve the ability to detect aircraft in distress over remote and oceanic locations. Largely in response to the disappearances of MH370 and AF447, GADSS was born. ICAO has mandated that by November 2018, airlines develop a tracking capability that will provide information on longitude, latitude, altitude and timestamp at least once every 15 minutes. By 2021, if an aircraft is experiencing a distress event, the airline will be required to automatically receive position updates at least once every minute.

GlobalBeacon will help airlines become GADSS compliant by leveraging existing technology, well in advance of the November 2018 provisions implementation.

Read more about GADSS

Implementation Timeline

  • September 2016

    GlobalBeacon available from Aireon & FlightAware for airlines to meet GADSS requirements.

  • Mid-Year 2018

    GlobalBeacon will be live and ready to utilize.

  • November 2018

    Implementation of GADSS provisions.

  • June 2021

    Autonomous Distress Tracking (ADT) required for aircraft in distress to report every minute.

How It Works

GlobalBeacon will help airlines comply with GADSS recommendations without additional avionics or equipage

By combining FlightAware’s web interface and worldwide airline flight tracking information with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B network, airlines will receive the peace of mind that their assets are consistently being monitored through FlightAware’s secure platform. The solution will provide airlines with a real-time aircraft tracking dashboard that features configurable alerts, providing immediate notification of abnormal events. Should an aircraft deviate from its intended flight path, experience severe turbulence or stop transmitting location, the aircraft will automatically enter distressed status and immediately notify its airline operations center, who can take appropriate actions.

Key Components