Azul adopts Aireon space-based ADS-B

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw March 26, 2019 16:21

Azul adopts Aireon space-based ADS-B

Azul Linhas Aéreas has become the first airline in the Americas to adopt SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightTracker.

The Brazilian low-cost carrier has upgraded to SITAONAIR’s FlightTracker option, which integrates AireonSM space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data from FlightAware. This gives the airline enhanced awareness of the precise position, speed and altitude of its full airborne fleet, anywhere in the world.

SITAONAIR has now activated its enhanced FlightTracker capabilities aboard Azul’s fleet of A320s and A330s, Embraer 190 and 195s and ATR 72-600s. This was completed in November 2018, ahead of the official launch of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) 15-minute aircraft tracking standard. With the Aireon system, Azul will even exceed the ICAO’s 15-minute standard by receiving aircraft position reports at a standard frequency of at least once per minute.

Carlos Pellegrino, Azul’s OCC Director, says: “Since founding Azul in 2008, SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM applications have been our first choice for reinforcing our airline’s safety operations. By upgrading to SITAONAIR’s pioneering edition of FlightTracker, complete with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data from FlightAware, we can track our entire fleet with enhanced awareness, delivering operational precision, and following ICAO’s recommended best-practice.”

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw March 26, 2019 16:21