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PILOT’S GUIDE ADS-B T Learning the Ins and Outs S T O R Y B Y D A V E H I G D O N Pilots Face Decision on When to Implement he first day of January 2020 . That’s the date aircraft flying much of the airspace must employ automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast Out per a Federal Aviation Administration rule finalized in May 2010 . That’s the FAA’s deadline, but what’s your deadline for adapting your aircraft to ADS-B? You could, of course, for myriad reasons, wait until Dec . 31, 2019, the drop-dead end-of-the-transition period . By then, goes one perspective, choices will be broader; prices might be lower; expertise higher – and you’ll have held on to those bucks until the system will no longer let you into Class A, B and C airspace, and other layers, on that old transponder – even unadorned Mode S units . Maybe the doubters and naysayers will have diminished . Or, you could shoot for 2013 . By then, the ground network of support stations completes nationwide coverage from, predominantly, 500 feet above-ground-level and higher . That’s the countering perspective to the wait-until-thebitter-end thinking . Or, you could bite the proverbial bullet as soon as you find a system that meets the standards of both federal regulatory requirements and your budget . Already, according to FAA information, the ADS-Bsystem covers more than half the country from 1,800 feet MSL, higher at higher field elevations, but lower over the Gulf of Mexico and within 20 miles of those stations . The remaining part of the continent not covered continues to shrink at a steady pace, as the FAA continues to add service areas and tying in the 300-odd stations already constructed – out of about 800 planned for service by 2018 . By then, few pieces of acreage will lack ground-level coverage . Then, the decision with a real potential payoff for the aircraft owner and pilot: whether to go for the whole system, ADS-B Out and ADS-B In . According to the FAA, two free ADS-B services became universally available on Aug . 29, 2008 . So, opting in early with both Out and In gets you more use of these two services via the hardware supporting ADS-B In . Few aircraft owners would say they are thrilled at the prospect of spending money, and many owners feel they’re being forced to invest where they otherwise might not . - 60 -

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012

From the Publisher
Interested in AEA Membership?
AEA Staff/Board of Directors
New Products for 2011
Recreational Radios
Before & After
Avoiding the Bullies
Sound Advice on Headset Choices
Choosing an Airborne Broadband System for Your Business Aircraft
Class Retrofits for Type Certificated Aircraft
ADS-B: Learning the Ins and Outs
Going Glass
Cell Science
So What is Your Customer Really Paying For?
It's the FAA's Fault, Right?
Repair Stations
AEA Member Company Index
Advertisers Index

Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012