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…]

GA challenges benefits of ADS-B

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An FAA-sponsored “call to action” summit to encourage the aviation industry to equip to meet the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) brought general aviation advocates out in force, with one message: The costs outweigh the benefits for GA pilots.

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Survey shows GA pilots value ADS-B traffic and weather

Results from an online survey indicate that general aviation pilots value ADS-B In traffic and weather services as a tool to increase situational awareness, decision-making capability, and general safety of flight.

According to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1,407 pilots responded to the survey, including many readers of General Aviation News. [Read more…]

FAA calls on aviation industry to equip for NextGen

WASHINGTON, DC –  The FAA will hold a “Call to Action” summit to engage the aviation industry in meeting the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology. The all-day session will be held Oct. 28.

The FAA and the aviation industry will discuss how they can work together to resolve barriers and address potential challenges to meeting the mandate to equip tens of thousands of aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out avionics in the next five years.

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