Aireon LLC (Aireon) and COCESNA (Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea) have signed an agreement to deploy space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua — the agreement also establishes a strategic partnership to enhance the operations and collaboration of air traffic surveillance in the Central American region.
Spanning the entire Central American flight information region (FIR), COCESNA’s region encompasses more than 2.6 million square kilometers terrestrial airspace and extensive oceanic areas in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Its central location in the Americas positions COCESNA as the major air traffic control provider at the crossroads of the Caribbean, North, South and Central America.
In addition to deploying space-based ADS-B throughout the region and within its member States, this agreement establishes a partnership by which COCESNA can utilize the Aireon data to support its leading role in advancing operations across the region. The strategic partnership brings a greater level of collaboration to the existing agreement and also enables the use of space-based ADS-B data for airspace and traffic optimization projects such as the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas (CADENA) initiative.
Juan Carlos Trabanino, Executive President of COCESNA, said that Aireon’s data will radically improve all aspects of the company's business that assures seamless air traffic management across our land and maritime sectors.
Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon, noted that this partnership demonstrates that Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data generates significant near, medium and long-term value and operational benefits to the COCESNA organization.