Rockwell Collins expands service to provide first, real-time flight tracking for non-ADS-B equipped aircraft

Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirectSM customers flying non-ADS-B equipped aircraft can, for the first time, receive real-time position reports around the world through an enhanced flight tracking service for business aircraft called Mode S Multilateration (MLAT).

The ARINCDirect flight tracking is made possible through collaboration with FlightAware. FlightAware’s new MLAT technology leverages its extensive ground station network of receivers to provide real-time flight positions for business aviation aircraft that are not ADS-B equipped, even where RADAR data is not available.

“More than 80% of business aviation aircraft are not ADS-B equipped—with many of them flying in Europe and abroad—so this service provides tremendous benefits to our customers traveling internationally,” said David Poltorak, vice president, Business Aviation for Rockwell Collins. “Now customers can track the exact location of their aircraft globally in real-time, enhancing safety and operations.”

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ARINCDirect is also now reselling FlightAware TV, a map-based fleet or airport flight tracking display that can run on any HDTV, providing customers with a seamless, integrated solution that can be displayed in their hangar, dispatch center, or corporate office.

“Flight tracking is a critically important issue for both the business and commercial aviation operators,” said Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware. “With the integration of FlightAware’s aircraft tracking into its flight planning services, ARINCDirect customers now have access to more features and improved aircraft location information than ever before.”

The new service is now available to ARINCDirect customers in Europe. It is in beta testing in the rest of the world, and is expected to be available in December 2015.

Source: Rockwell Collins
Date: Nov 16, 2015