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Airservices Australia to build 13 new surveillance ground stations

by Chris Huckstepp •
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To increase safety and efficiency of aircraft travelling through Australian airspace, Airservices Australia will build 13 new Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) ground stations, taking the total number across the continent to 74. Aircraft operating under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) will be required to be fixed with ADS-B GPS equipped technology before 2 February 2017, under a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) direction.

ADS-B “is an air traffic surveillance technology that enables aircraft to be accurately tracked by air traffic controllers and other pilots without the need for conventional radar,” according to Airservices’ website.

ADS-B technologies offer superior:

  • Navigation accuracy and aircraft guidance travelling through dangerous weather;
  • Targeting for search and rescue in case of accident;
  • Situational awareness for pilots and ground control; and
  • Flight paths that are more efficient and therefore environmentally friendlier.

“ADS-B equipped aircraft transmit Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data to a ground station twice every second to accurately provide Airservices highly-trained air traffic controllers with radar-like surveillance, predominantly in remote areas where there is no conventional radar coverage,” according to Airservices’ press release.

The locations for the new ADS-B stations are as follows: WA: 6; Victoria: 2; Queensland: 2; NSW: 1; SA: 1; and NT: 1.

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