100% Global Coverage
Aircraft Positions

Are you ready for GADSS?

GlobalBeacon is a first of its kind product from Aireon and FlightAware. As a turnkey solution for compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS), GlobalBeacon enables airlines of all sizes to proactively positions themselves to respond in the event of an emergency.

GlobalBeacon facilitates communication between aircraft operator and controller with constant fleet monitoring, automated distress alerts and tools that make it easy to share information.

GlobalBeacon was designed based GADSS criteria for flight tracking:

GlobalBeacon exceeds both GADSS flight tracking components today, with a solution that is both cost-effective and easy to deploy.

By combining FlightAware’s data processing platform and web-interface with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B network, GlobalBeacon transcends borders and Flight Information Regions (FIRs) and eliminates coverage gaps in polar airspace as well as over deserts and oceanic regions.

Aircraft equipped with ADS-B out transponders are tracked automatically with their position broadcast in real time. Since ADS-B Out 1090MHz is mandated throughout the world, most aircraft do not require additional equipment to take advantage of GlobalBeacon.

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Key Components

Flight Monitoring Distress Alerting
  • View a map of your airborne aircraft with 4D positions updated once-per-minute.
  • See a list of airborne and recently completed flights with each aircraft origin/destination, arrival time, latest 4D position information and ground speed, as well as any alerts that have been configured for the flight.
  • Visualize the location of any aircraft in distress.
  • Customize distress warnings and alerts based on:
    • Number of minutes since last position received
    • Altitude
    • Vertical speed
    • Half altitudes
    • Squawk codes
  • Receive alerts via text message, phone call or email.

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