Why your next flight over the North Atlantic might be safer, faster and use less fuel
The availability of more optimal flight profiles for operators in the North Atlantic (NAT) Region has been made possible by the implementation of space-based automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast (ADS–B) technology.Read More
Switching to TRUE: Pulling away from magnetic north
NAV CANADA is leading industry efforts to move away from magnetic north to true north, improving safety and saving millions of dollars annually for the aviation industry. As Anthony MacKay, Assistant Vice President, ATS Service Delivery, NAV CANADA, explains, issues with magnetic variation persist largely because “that’s the way we have always done it”. In this guest blog by CANSO, we get more insight into NAV CANADA’s “attraction” to true north.
Setting the standard: the collaborative approach to unlocking the potential of space-based ADS-B
For the first time in the history of aviation, air traffic controllers can now track aircraft traversing the North Atlantic in real-time. Many organizations across the industry are involved in different facets of this dramatic shift with one common goal in mind ‒ leveraging space-based ADS-B technology to optimize air traffic safety and efficiency. To that end, NAV CANADA has lead the way for enhanced separation standards over the North Atlantic – a standard that required years of collaboration with ICAO partners.
Executive Take: Satellite-Based Surveillance is Enhancing Canadian Air Navigation
January 2019 marked the beginning of a new era in air traffic surveillance with the eighth successful (and final) launch and deployment of the satellite constellation hosting Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast payloads. NAV CANADA is rolling out services in the Edmonton and Gander flight information regions, using this ground-breaking technology. In advance of this monumental first for global air navigation surveillance, we took the opportunity to speak with Rudy Kellar, Executive Vice President, Service Delivery, about the Company’s initial involvement with Aireon and what space-based ADS-B means for our air navigation services, going forward.
One step closer to global air traffic surveillance
We are one significant step closer to be the first in the world to provide space-based ADS-B services to our customers. This technology will increase safety through the continuous surveillance capabilities of mountainous area operations, oceanic, and remote airspace, eliminating service gaps over regions with limited infrastructure or coverage.