Aireon to provide space-based ADS-B to Curaçao FIR
WILLEMSTAD - Aireon has signed a data services agreement with the Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP), the air traffic services provider for the Curaçao Flight Information Region (FIR). Through the agreement, by 2018, DC-ANSP aims to have 100 percent air traffic surveillance — through Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology — of the Curaçao FIR, which covers 300,000 square kilometers adjacent to Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Colombia. Furthermore, much of the FIR is oceanic airspace containing critical routes between the United States, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe.
This agreement will allow DC-ANSP to increase flexibility over the cross-regional and intersecting routes they manage and facilitate seamless transitions between neighboring FIRs.