Volume 8 | Thursday, June 25th, 2020
FlightAware: What You Need to Know
Welcome back to  ARINCDirect Jump Seat . This week we are highlighting our partner FlightAware and how we are integrating some of their recent tracking enhancements.
Whether you operate a single aircraft or a fleet of many, improvements in graphical flight tracking have made it a vital tool for flight departments across the globe. With service to every segment of aviation, FlightAware provides global flight tracking, predictive technology, analytics, and decision-making tools to over 10 thousand aircraft operators/service providers and over 13 million passengers around the world.

That’s a lot of moving parts, and we’d like to tell you more about how it’s done.

FlightAware, founded in 2005, receives data from air-traffic-control systems in over 45 countries, from datalink (satellite/VHF), and has even set up its own network of ADS-B ground stations in 195 countries. Position reports obtained via ARINCDirect datalink are included in this. Furthermore, FlightAware made an investment to build a massive network of ADS-B ground stations around the world as a foundation of data used to fulfill the services. Of course, FlightAware honors the FAA LADD program and any registrations that have elected to be blocked from public view.

FlightAware recently reported that its growing crowd-sourced ADS-B network (FlightFeeder) supports:
  • 28,133 sites
  • 23,183 participants
  • 201 countries
  • 71,267,689 positions/hour
  • 309 sites added in just the past 7 days

New Space-Based ADS-B Tracking

To mitigate spotty coverage in remote locations, FlightAware has partnered with Aireon℠ to bring space-based ADS-B tracking for global coverage. ARINCDirect customers can now take advantage of the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) flight-tracking solution provided in conjunction with FlightAware’s terrestrial ADS-B network.

The Aireon network is hosted on the Iridium NEXT constellation of satellites, which comprises 66 low-earth-orbit satellites, each carrying an Aireon ADS-B receiver. This constellation provides truly global coverage with once-per-minute position updates as the standard rate of reporting - anywhere in the world. Because ADS-B is now required in many countries throughout the world, most aircraft operators already have installed the equipment necessary to take advantage of Aireon coverage.

With space-based ADS-B, ARINCDirect customers benefit from the certainty of their aircraft’s position, even over oceans, polar regions, deserts, or jungles - all places where frequent position reporting and accuracy has been difficult to achieve.

In partnership with FlightAware, ARINCDirect already provides a platform that brings customers a single graphical display of their aircraft and operations. This situational awareness is available via the Track Flights link (top bar of the website), and is also integrated into the ADMini (phone) app. Space-based ADS-B is now available as an add-on to your ARINCDirect subscription. For more information please contact your Sales Representative.
Did you know?
  • ARINCDirect's FlightAware already supports alerting your destination FBO prior to departure or while en route -- sending your aircraft ID, type, and ETA, plus a link that allows tracking just the inbound segment.
  • You can set up a fleet view in FlightAware to provide awareness for all your aircraft at once, displayed on a single screen.
  • The highest-ranking FlightAware Feeder sees an average of 2,600 aircraft per day.
  • ARINCDirect and FlightAware are not finished enhancing this product. Look for more weather layers and additional features in FBO alerting soon.
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