ADS-B service provider Aireon and Norway’s Avinor Air Navigation Services will deploy space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) to monitor helicopter operations in the Bodo Oceanic flight information region and adjacent airspace spanning the Norwegian Basin and Barents Sea. This is the first space-based ADS-B application specifically targeted for helicopter surveillance and will focus on helicopter movements from the ground through 10,000 feet. Helicopters operating in this region are required to be equipped with ADS-B antennas.
Aireon data will be transmitted in real-time to Avinor's facilities and will be integrated into their air traffic automation platform. "Space-based ADS-B will become an important component to our surveillance capabilities in the arctic high north. We are pleased to be working with the Aireon team in this regard and are sure this will become an important tool for our air traffic controllers at the Polaris area control center in Bodo, Norway," said Avinor CEO Anders Kirsebom.
Avinor is a wholly-owned, state-limited company under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications and is responsible for 44 state-owned airports and travel support for approximately 50 million passengers annually. Aireon operates the first space-based air traffic surveillance system for ADS-B worldwide.