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Air traffic surveillance systems co. to expand operations in Fairfax and add employees

Governor Ralph Northam announced July 22 that Aireon LLC, a provider of air traffic surveillance systems around the globe, will make a significant investment to expand its headquarters in Fairfax County. The project will increase the square footage of the company’s office space by nearly 150 percent, accommodating approximately 56 new jobs over the next three years.

In collaboration with leading Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) around the world, Aireon is revolutionizing the global aviation industry. The company is providing the first-ever, global air traffic surveillance system using a space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) network. Aireon’s technology significantly improves safety, efficiency, predictability, and capacity, while reducing overall infrastructure costs.

“Aireon chose to remain in Fairfax County and expand its headquarters due to its proximity to downtown Washington, D.C., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the area’s regional and international airports,” said Rich Nyren, Aireon Chief Financial Officer. “Additionally, Fairfax County offers access to world-class public transportation, shops, and restaurants, and attracts an educated workforce from the abundance of globally recognized local universities in the region. We saw this as the perfect location to grow our company and enter the next stage of our operations.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia and will support Aireon’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change in order to support employee training activities.  VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for citizens.

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