Aireon has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) to evaluate space-based automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS–B) technology in the Dutch airspace.

LVNL is the Dutch air navigation service provider (ANSP) that operates the Amsterdam Flight Information Region (FIR), which extends above the Dutch territory and a large part of the North Sea.

The Dutch ANSP will work in collaboration with Aireon to study how space-based ADS-B can serve as an efficient and cost-effective secondary and contingency air traffic surveillance system in its airspace.

LVNL Systems and Infrastructure general manager Marcel Bakker said: “LVNL is collaborating with Aireon to see if we can take advantage of the innovation of space-based ADS-B.

"The dense, complex Dutch airspace and high traffic volume requires LVNL to consistently focus on increasing efficiency and safety through innovation."

“We believe the Aireon service will become an important augmentation to existing air traffic surveillance technologies to improve availability and efficiency to our customers. LVNL wants to ensure that all the stakeholders benefit from this best-in-class technology.”

LVNL will also investigate Aireon's ability to provide real-time position updates in areas, such as the North Sea, where the ANSP manages significant helicopter operations for oil and gas.

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Aireon Aviation Services vice-president Cyriel Kronenburg said: “The dense, complex Dutch airspace and high traffic volume requires LVNL to consistently focus on increasing efficiency and safety through innovation.

“Aireon is pleased to work with LVNL to determine the applicability of space-based ADS-B in the Amsterdam FIR and add to improving overall infrastructure efficiency in the Netherlands.”

Last year, LVNL handled approximately 590,000 aircraft movements in the Netherlands.

The two companies will work jointly to develop a comprehensive concept of operations for the deployment of space-based ADS-B.