What ADS-B Data is used for
Crucial information to aviation-related stakeholders, airlines, airports and flight crew
The ADS-B data, that is received from the antennas, are of high importance for many flight operators as well as other aviation-related stakeholders. This includes fuelling and handling agents. Data is used for situational awareness as well as to perform, handle and meet requirements for safer, smoother flights, and to optimize all operations in relation to flights. During the covid-19 pandemic, the data was used to improve the European weather forecast, since the usual sources (data from large European airlines) were missing, since all passenger air travel was grounded. Most importantly still are the insights about the aircraft position and behaviour to monitor and track flights to avoid emergencies – and also simply to provide a more precise arrival time (ETA)
Important insights for flight operators about their fleet are:
- Global position
- Flight direction
- Flight speed
- Comparisons to planned flight-routes
- Live changes of ETA
- Weather conditions
To track flights over remote areas such as the Atlantic Ocean or the Sahara Desert, without the possibility for antenna coverage, aircraft operators choose to combine the terrestrial ADS-B antenna data with satellite and other aviation sources to locate the aircraft and conditions of flight en-route.
The data is translated into key indicators for any flight operations like:
- Real take-off and landing time
- Precise position and flight data (heading, speed, altitude)
- Alerts to manage any exception when a flight is not following the preplanned parameters
- Inactive aircraft’s ground location i.e. at the gate or in the hangar for maintenance etc.
Easing up the stressful workday in aviation control centres
At AIR SUPPORT we specialize in automating and delivering advanced software to aviation operators and have been doing so for more than 30 years.
We transform ADS-B data into relevant notification alerts and warnings that are customized for each flight operation, operation control centres and dispatchers. These are distributed to the flight operator’s monitors like:
- Actual arrival or delay
- Diversion alerts
- Route deviation
- Altitude deviation
- Vertical rate deviation
All of which build situational awareness in a possible stressful workday for dispatchers, control towers, transportation, airport and fuelling staff.
Ultimately, managing all exceptions and running flights as planned actually means less cost and fuel consumption for the airline. Subsequently resulting in lower prices on tickets and not least having less impact on the environment we all want to protect as much as possible.