Are you NextGEN ready?
The FAA NextGEN program aims to increase the efficiency, capacity and safety of airspace systems around the world. The first core technology in the program is Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). By January 1, 2020 aircraft operating in most US controlled airspace must be equipped with ADS-B Out avionics.
The goal of this new technology is to increase the safety of our skies. Traditional radar-based systems update every 3-15 seconds but ADS-B Out avionics transmit data once every second! Also, if you are equipped with ADS-B In, you will be able to receive location information directly from the ADS-B Out equipped aircraft around you.
To be compliant with the new rule aircraft will need an approved GPS/WAAS as the ADS-B position source and an ADS-B Out datalink radio to relay the information. The datalink radio can be either 1090ES or 978UAT. If you fly below FL180, 978UAT is highly recommended. ADS-B In receivers are not required but are also encouraged as a useful addition to your avionics that will enable you to receive valuable weather and traffic data without a subscription based service.
Learn more about this and other NextGEN programs and how they affect general aviation at www.faa.gov/nextgen/ga
Questions about ADS-B compliance?
Contact Rick in Minnesota or Angel in Florida to learn more!
The Ins and Outs of ADS-B
ADS-B Out is the ability to transmit a properly formatted ADS-B message from the aircraft to ground stations and to ADS-B-In-equipped aircraft. ADS-B In is the ability of an aircraft to receive information transmitted from ADS-B ground stations and from other aircraft. ADS-B In is not mandated by the ADS-B Out rule. If an operator chooses to voluntarily equip an aircraft with ADS-B In avionics, a compatible display is also necessary to see the information.
Data available for both 1090 ES and 978UAT equipped aircraft:
ADS-B Traffic that includes Radar detected aircraft, ADS-B and Transponder equipped aircraft. Also receive traffic data directly from other ADS-B Out equipped aircraft when outside the range of ground stations.
Data available for 978UAT equipped aircraft only:
Subscription Free Weather, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, METARs, NEXRAD, NOTAMs, TFRs, PIREPs, SUA Status, TAFs, and Winds/Temps Aloft.