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Aircraft Positions


Are you ready for GADSS?

GlobalBeacon is a first of its kind product from Aireon and FlightAware that provides the most cost-effective and easy to deploy solution for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS).

Beginning in November 2018, airlines and aircraft operators will be expected to track their fleet anywhere in the world at a frequency of one position every 15 minutes during normal operations. By 2021, they will need to automatically receive positions once-per-minute for aircraft in distress.

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 provides 100% global coverage, including over deserts, polar airspace and oceanic regions. With GlobalBeacon, airlines and aircraft operators are able to exceed GADSS standards and recommended practices for flight tracking.

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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