The 2020 ADS-B Mandate Looms Large
The countdown to mandated ADS-B compliance is almost complete—just a few months away. If you’re operating your business aircraft in US-controlled airspace, you only have until January 1, 2020 to upgrade your aircraft transponder equipment to ADS-B to continue to fly in this airspace. ADS-B systems improve safety and efficiency in the air and on runways. How does ADS-B work? It uses GPS technology to determine and share aircraft location information and stream additional flight information to the cockpits of properly equipped aircraft.
Equipment requirements vary based on jurisdiction, from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Here are some important notes regarding ADS-B equipment:
ADS-B OUT transmits altitude, airspeed, and GPS derived location from a properly equipped aircraft to ADS-B ground stations and to other aircraft in the vicinity. Air traffic controllers use the information to see ADS-B equipped aircraft in real-time.
ADS-B IN is not part of the mandate, requires additional equipment, but also adds significant benefit to pilots by providing traffic and weather information derived from ADS-B ground stations and nearby aircraft. ADS-B IN information can be displayed in the cockpit to improve safety and situational awareness.
DIVERSITY requires that your aircraft is equipped with both top and bottom mount antennas. This is to help prevent target drop out during turns and maneuvers. An optional top mounted antenna also provides a benefit during ground operations.
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