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The Virtual Sky platform was developed to fuse and analyze flight sensor data correctly, reliably, and quickly. Virtual Sky would serve as a model extension of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, a modernization of the National Airspace System that includes greater use of computer and satellite systems in air traffic elements like communication, navigation, weather, information management, and tracking.

This “Internet of Airplanes” will use Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment to selectively share some of the massive amounts of sensor data – meteorological, mechanical, environmental – modern airplanes collect, providing airplanes in the same neighborhood with an accurate assessment of present conditions.