TYSONS CORNER, VA, March 21, 2016 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) CEO Matt Desch has urged the Federal Aviation Administration to make its decision on the transition to a new aircraft surveillance system by the end of 2016, ExecutiveBiz reported March 9.
Reuters reported March 8 Desch said at the Satellite 2016 conference that FAA should decide ahead of the launch of Aireon’s global aircraft tracking system in 2018 to ensure the agency gets full access to the service.
“The formal launch of seeing every airplane in the world is April 1, 2018, and for [FAA] to use it at that time, they really need to make a decision this year, ” said Desch, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2016.
Iridium owns a 25-percent stake in Aireon, which will use the 66-satellite Iridium Next constellation for its service to transmit location data using the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast standard that will be required for all commercial aircraft by 2020.
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