Nolinor Advocates for Real-Time Data and Automated Distress Tracking in Remote Regions

Nolinor Aviation sees real-time flight data as key to proactive safety management and a recommended best practice for operators throughout the aviation industry.

The specialists in remote charter flights to Canada’s North and other under-served international destinations presented their global tracking and real-time event management solution to industry stakeholders this week at the AEEC Global Aircraft Tracking (AEEC GAT) working group session on Autonomous Distress Tracking.

The AEEC GAT working group is currently engaged in developing system standards for ICAO’s Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) and is an initiative developed in response to the tragedies of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and Air France flight 447.

“Working as we do in some of the world’s most remote locations, it is essential for us to know what is happening with our aircraft no matter where they are on the globe. It improves safety, adds efficiency to our maintenance procedures and provides better customer service. We have had an independent tracking system in place since 2008 which provides us with position reports every 2 minutes. We have also installed a system that is designed to inform our crew on the ground immediately if a flight has deviated from standard operating procedures or encountered a maintenance issue,” said Nolinor Director of Operations Yves Bergeron.

Nolinor has worked with SKYTRAC Systems to install a technology that monitors the aircraft for safety and maintenance performance exceedances during flight. If a critical incident is detected, the system immediately sends alerts to ground crew over the Iridium satellite network. This ensures the team can promptly begin review and follow-up. The system also regularly offloads inflight data over satellite even during normal operations. Nolinor can regularly review flight data and proactively investigate any incidents that require additional maintenance review or training.

“Nolinor is an example of a forward-thinking operator that has chosen to implement a real-time position and event tracking solution well before any formal mandate. From a technical perspective, the system capabilities are very similar to the ICAO 2021 GADSS recommendations. In addition to this, Nolinor has retrofitted the solution to a Boeing 737-200 analogue aircraft. They saw the benefit to themselves and their clients and overcame the technical challenges to implement a system that is truly industry-leading,” said SKYTRAC President Malachi Nordine.

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Founded in 1992, Nolinor Aviation is an air transportation company specializing in charter flights. Their readily configurable fleet is used for transporting passengers, cargo, or both. Nolinor offers air service across Canada, the United States and to other destinations around the world, with the capability to land on gravel and ice runways. Nolinor’s state of the art operations centre receives live fleet information from a satellite based tracking system. Their experienced operations team is able to ensure unparalleled reliability and service. Nolinor Aviation is a private company, wholly owned by the Prud’homme family trust.

SKYTRAC is aviation’s full-service, data-driven solutions provider. Since 1986, SKYTRAC has pioneered the development, evolution and commercialization of flight following, flight data and communications technology. Today, with systems certified on over 900 airframes and an online data management portal that is the go-to tool for over 7,000 global users, SKYTRAC is truly the partner of choice for data-guided business insights. From performance trending and operations reporting to real-time asset tracking and situational awareness – SKYTRAC offers a one-stop response to meeting more of your company’s needs. For more information go to