Aireon and FlightAware’s GlobalBeacon flight tracking system has gone live to provide communications between airlines and air-traffic controllers in real-time.

Launched ahead of implementation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) recommendations, GlobalBeacon offers airlines with precise global aircraft tracking for their aircraft continuously worldwide.

Aireon CEO Don Thoma said: “FlightAware and Aireon announced the development of GlobalBeacon back in September 2016. Now, we are days away from ICAO GADSS recommendations for flight tracking going into effect.

“We have a live solution that not only exceeds the recommendations for 2018, but also includes the components already ahead of the requirements for 2021.”

“We are days away from ICAO GADSS recommendations for flight tracking going into effect.”

By pooling FlightAware’s data processing platform and web-interface, with Aireon’s space-based ADS-B network, GlobalBeacon surpasses borders and flight information regions (FIRs) and has been designed to eliminate coverage gaps in polar airspace, over deserts and oceanic regions.

The solution uses tracking information from Aireon’s space-based ADS-B network and FlightAware’s contextual flight data such as origin, destination, flight plan route and estimated time of arrival.

Suitable for airlines of all sizes, GlobalBeacon provides the aircraft operator and the controller with constant fleet monitoring, automated distress alerts and tools that make it easy to share information.

FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker said: “GlobalBeacon provides a cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solution that exceeds all GADSS standards and recommended practices for flight tracking. It’s designed to work in conjunction with existing processes and tools commonly used by aircraft operators, making it easy to implement and use with any airline size.”

Qatar Airways is the launch customer of GlobalBeacon technology which would feed directly into its integrated operations centre.