Is the ADS-B glass half full?

In a new post, AirFacts blogger John Zimmerman notes that over the past 25 years, pilots have complained about three different transponder rules: Mode C, Mode S and now ADS-B. Is the FAA really this incompetent, or do pilots just like to gripe? As usual, the answer is a little bit of both, he says, but adds that he thinks the “ADS-B glass is half full.”

Doomsday scenarios suggest thousands of airplanes will be parked on Jan. 1, 2020, orphaned by an arbitrary FAA rule. The more likely scenario is a lot less dire: Pilots who don’t equip with ADS-B will simply avoid busy airspace. Pilots have decades of experience at muddling through; that will come in handy once again. And, he notes, ADS-B actually offers some benefits. Read his full post here.

Can you ignore the ADS-B 2020 mandate?

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Airspace Rule (§ 91.225) Diagram from Advisory Circular 90-114.

The Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B mandate has a lot of aircraft owners wringing their hands and seeing red. For those of us at the recreational end of the aviating spectrum (which represents a great many aircraft), plunking down the money it’ll take to equip our aircraft to meet the mandate is not something we care to think about.

So that got me to thinking who the ADS-B Out mandate applies to? Do you fly in airspace that requires a transponder? If not, you might not need to equip for the mandate.

But that question and answer might be overly simplistic, so here’s a few more questions for you: [Read more…]