McLean, VA and Johannesburg, South Africa • 28 July 2023 – Aviation industry leaders Aireon and Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) of South Africa have strengthened their commitment to collaboration, forging a cooperative agreement to advance space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) products and services in the African continent.

Under the refined approach of this partnership, which was agreed to during a series of operational workshops in Johannesburg, South Africa, ATNS will support Aireon’s objective of expanding the use of ADS-B data to other countries in the region. Together, ATNS and Aireon will work on providing operational case studies on ADS-B for countries in the Southern Africa region, as well as exploring regional air traffic flow management (ATFM) opportunities.

Additionally, ATNS, which began using Aireon data in air traffic operations in June, will explore the expanded use of Aireon products and services, including Aireon Locate for search and rescue operations, AireonFLOW for ATFM,
AireonINSIGHT, safety data analytics, and billing.

“This agreement further codifies the very productive working relationship between two industry leaders, bringing together two best-in-class innovators,” said Don Thoma, Aireon CEO. “Aireon is excited to explore this ATNS partnership to support efforts to bring the operational, safety, and environmental value of ADS-B to the region.”
“ATNS is one of the early adopters of Aireon’s Space-Based ADS-B service and today marks a major milestone in our Commercialization Agreement that we signed back in 2016,” said ATNS CEO, Nozipho Mdawe. “Armed with this capability that is backed by our partner Aireon, we are well positioned to continue contributing to regional solutions geared towards seamless airspace operation in the Africa and Indian Ocean region”.