CAAS And Aireon Sign Agreement To Deploy Space-Based ADS-B Service

New service will significantly enhance surveillance in the Singapore Flight Information Region

Feb 17, 2016, 22:45 ET from Aireon

SINGAPORE, Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Aireon LLC signed an agreement to provide space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data for the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR). The agreement was signed by Mr. Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, and Mr. Don Thoma, Chief Executive Officer of Aireon, on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow.

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Singapore will be the first air navigation service provider in the Asia Pacific region to adopt space-based ADS-B. The agreement includes a 12-year subscription to Aireon's space-based ADS-B service which will allow for comprehensive surveillance coverage over the airspace in the entire Singapore FIR.

Aireon's space-based ADS-B service will be operational in 2018. Over the next two years, CAAS will be setting up the necessary infrastructure to integrate the service with Air Traffic Control systems. When implemented, space-based ADS-B will provide continuous surveillance of ADS-B equipped aircraft in the Singapore FIR. It will supplement existing surveillance sensors and improve air traffic controllers' situational awareness.

Mr. Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, said, "Demand for air travel is growing rapidly in the Asia Pacific region. CAAS is committed to continuously invest in cutting edge and cost effective air traffic management capabilities to manage this growth.  The use of space-based ADS-B will keep Singapore at the forefront of emerging air traffic management technologies. By doing so, we can safely improve the efficiency and capacity of air navigation services for the areas under our responsibility."

"A little over a year ago, Aireon signed a Memorandum of Agreement with CAAS to explore the feasibility and impact of implementing space-based ADS-B in the Singapore FIR," said Mr. Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. "The CAAS and Aireon teams successfully worked together to evaluate the capabilities, assess the operational changes and measure the benefits that could be realized by spaced-based ADS-B. We are proud of our continued partnership and fully support CAAS in providing enhanced services to their customers and the flying public."

About Aireon LLC
Aireon is deploying a global, space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft over the entire globe. For the first time, Aireon will provide real-time ADS-B surveillance to oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. Aireonsm will harness next generation aviation surveillance technologies and extend them globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), ENAV and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon will have an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system by 2018.

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About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success. CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, provide aviation training for human resource development, and contribute to the development of international civil aviation.

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For more information, please contact:

Genevieve Yeow (Ms.)
Assistant Manager (Corporate Communications)
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
DID :        (65) 6541 2082
Mobile :   (65) 9829 0049
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Jessie Hillenbrand (Ms.)
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Aireon LLC
Contact: +1 (703) 287-7452