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ADS-B, or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, is a cornerstone of NextGen air traffic modernization. The FAA recently mandated that by Jan 1, 2020, all aircraft will require a Mode C transponder equipped with ADS-B.

The FAA is currently providing a $500 rebate to install ADS-B in selected aircraft. So, we encourage pilots and owners to call us now so we can schedule your installation to avoid the rush of aircraft needing ADS-B Out as the deadline approaches.

How ADS-B Works

ADS-B Out transmits information about altitude, airspeed and location derived through GPS from an equipped aircraft to ground stations and to other equipped aircraft in the vicinity. This transmission has much greater accuracy than conventional radar surveillance. This gives air traffic controllers the potential to reduce the required separation distancebetween aircraft that are ADS-B equipped. Other benefits include:

  • More aircraft can operate safely in the same airspace, so congestion is reduced.
  • With appropriate equipment, it's possible to have a live 'traffic picture' in the cockpit.
  • ADS-B technology enable more direct aircraft routing-this can generate significant time and fuel savings.
  • ADS-B enhances flight safety and collision avoidance.

ADS-B is "automatic" in that it requires no pilot or external input. It is "dependent" in that it depends on data from the aircraft's navigation system. Air traffic controllers use the information to "see" participating aircraft in real time and with more precision, with the goal of improving traffic management.

Planning Your ADS-B Installation

ADS-B in, which is not part of the mandate and requires additional equipment, allows participating aircraft to receive traffic and weather information from ADS-B ground stations and nearby aircraft broadcasting their positions through ADS-B Out. This information can be displayed in the cockpit to improve situational awareness, thus creating a safer environment for the aircraft, pilot and passengers.

There are a lot of things to consider when planning your ADS-B installation such as your current aircraft configuration and what ADS-B benefits are most important to you. If you need advice, just give us a call and we can walk you through the various options and benefits.

The FAA has consistently reiterated that it will not delay the mandate. Call to book your appointment today or reserve your slot before time runs out.