Commercial ADS-B and the integration and tactical display of the data it yields aren’t capabilities that enable only airlines and aviation operators.
Project name: Babcock MCS Oil Drilling project
Task: Integrate tracking data between between ships and helicopters operating between the coast and a helipad of a moving ship
Build time: 14 days
Outcome: Fully commissioned and in service since early 2019
ADS-B as a technology has changed the way we track flights for the better. The public ADS-B network is an excellent resource, but it’s not without limitations.
For an aircraft on regular service, the dollar clock starts ticking as soon as it touches down. You want it back in the air fast!
In 2019, the Operational Control Centre (OCC) is a standard facility across virtually all aviation companies with more than a handful of tails in the air. However, it wasn’t always like this.
At the PNG Aviation Safety & Security Conference – held in the regional city of Madang from 7-9 August 2019 – Jon Davis, CEO of SkyNet Aviation®, addressed a packed conference centre on the benefits of ADS-B 2.0 for the mountainous country.
If your company doesn’t yet have a dedicated OCC, this article is an outline of how to establish one and do it efficiently. And, if you already have an OCC, this article will also provide useful information regarding beneficial, next-step enhancements.
In Australia, the aviation ADS-B mandate is clear: if you’re flying anything larger than the smallest simplest aircraft, you have to install it. As with any innovation driven by regulator policy, it means the game has changed. And it is not just here: similar policies are rolling out worldwide.