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squitter and a 978 MHz - some of which are universal access
He gets weather and, also, more-extensive traffic than
transceivers that incorporate an ADS-B In receiver.
provided by his old portable receiver. And he saves enough
The differences in Out? The 1090 ES Mode S transponder
money by canceling the old satellite-weather subscription to
can complete the traffic part not available from the 978 UAT,
cover the price of the receiver in a bit more than a year.
and is acceptable for use in all other ADS-B nations and for
But after an ailing Mode C transponder made two trips to the
use at any altitude in the U.S.
avionics clinic, he's interested in a consolidated ADS-B Out
The 978 UAT system is restricted to
solution - one that won't force him to
use up to Flight Level 180, or 18,000
update his non-WAAS, IFR-approved
feet mean sea level. Furthermore, 978 is
GPS navigator but that will give him
AS MORE PILOTS
incompatible with other nations' ADS-B
the maximum of services offered
services. Currently, they're all 1090 ESthrough ADS-B In.
AND AIRCRAFT
based.
"Fate conspired with convenience to
OWNERS LEARN
A one-box solution for Out, In, the
nudge me to this," he lamented.
whole thing - fulfill the mandate and
He's not alone. As more pilots and
THAT ADS-B IN'S
gain access to the full array of ADS-B
aircraft owners learn that ADS-B In's
TOOLS CAN BE FULLY tools can be fully realized only with a
In services. Still, it's the services
REALIZED ONLY
attracting many converts - particularly
compatible Out package, the appeal of
among owners of older aircraft.
the upgrade grows.
WITH A COMPATIBLE

OUT PACKAGE,
Inside In ... An alternative
The In-side skinny
to box-based situational
The appeal stems from the
awareness
situational awareness tools In can
Many critics got it right years ago
deliver to cockpits: traffic and traffic
complaining about getting nothing
alerts; Doppler weather radar images,
directly beneficial from NextGen. But
updated about every six minutes; text
many have upgraded other parts of their
weather (METARs, TAFs), lightningpanel only to learn that an inexpensive
strike data; NOTAMs, AirMets and
ADS-B In receiver can add to their
SigMets, PiReps and TFR updates.
situational-awareness tools and save them hundreds of dollars
This will be especially useful with the upcoming U.S.
each year in weather-data subscription fees.
presidential election in 2016.
Aircraft already sporting a WAAS GPS with a color screen
For the owner of an aircraft already facing the expense
also can likely display the ADS-B In weather and traffic.
of an ADS-B Out upgrade, the relatively small added cost
Ditto for most MFDs of the past decade.
of including ADS-B In pales compared to equipping with
Even the installed-style of ADS-B In receivers and an Out
separate dedicated boxes to gain traffic and weather tools.
solution can be had for about the cost of that satellite-weather
Besides, pilots and aircraft owners are already paying for In
receiver alone and far below the cost of the lowest-price
through their taxes.
traffic sensor. And many options employ Wi-Fi to deliver the
ADS-B Out, the active element in NextGen, provides the
graphics to portable screens.
FAA's air traffic control computers with the tracking data
For that money, an aircraft can equip with an ADS-B Out and
needed for controllers and computers to perform their tasks.
In solution in both spectrums and cover all the bases. The only
"Well, $6,000, $7,000 or more to keep a $25,000
gap is in lightning detection, with some software able to combine
airplane viable in Mode C airspace struck a lot of people
lightning depictions with the ADS-B In weather imagery.
as excessive," one now-retired FAA staffer explained. "For
When one aircraft owner and a personal friend's spherics
some, the higher costs of a couple of years ago had them
device recently went on the fritz, again, he threw off his past
dialing out the idea of continuing to fly."
ADS-B objections and bought a portable ADS-B In receiver
Continued on following page
with a Bluetooth connection for his tablet.

THE APPEAL OF
THE UPGRADE
GROWS.

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