Aireon Update: Taking SATVOICE into the future
In January 2015, NAV CANADA identified high-performance satellite voice communications as a major technological step forward in the critical path toward the launch of space-based automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B). Underway is a project that will see a modern, efficient and user-friendly satellite voice communications system, called SATVOICE, implemented at all our area control centres (ACCs).Read More
Increasing operational flexibility in the North Atlantic
Since December 2015, some aircraft tracks over the North Atlantic (NAT) Region have been spaced closer together as part of a project to increase airspace capacity, cut fuel burn and reduce carbon emissions. The project – called Reduced Lateral Separation Minimum or RLatSM – is an ICAO initiative being jointly introduced by NAV CANADA and NATS, the UK air traffic services provider.
Radar replacement: a worthwhile investment
Over the course of the next 10 years a massive radar replacement project will take place across the country. It’s the largest capital project NAV CANADA has ever undertaken at a cost of $159 million. The first of 11 new radars is set to be operational in Hamilton by August 2019 with new sites receiving replacement radars at the rate of one per year, ending in Halifax in 2028.
A tower built for the future
Air traffic controllers recently moved into a new air traffic control tower at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. Work first began in June 2015 on a replacement for the existing tower that was built over 45 years ago.
Success! SpaceX launches second batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites with Aireon payload
On June 25 2017, a SpaceX rocket carrying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Onboard these satellites is a payload that will have a tremendous impact on the entire aviation industry: the Aireon space-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast payloads.