The transition to ADS-B

This is the tenth in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots.

ADS-B is the system that literally allows NextGen to become “The Next NextGen.” It stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast. But what does that all mean?

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ADS-B weather solution launched

Essential Flight Technology and NavWorx  have formed a strategic partnership to produce portable ADS-B weather solutions for iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

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So is NextGen really NextGen?

This is the ninth in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots.

What the heck is this all about? NextGen really not NextGen?

Over the course of the last 10 months we have reviewed quite a few navigation techniques that always brought something new to the table. It could be in hardware, procedures, rules, or even just seat of the pants know how. Each and every addition added improvements in safety, efficiency, or speed.

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Keep your electronics charged

Pilots have plenty of batteries to keep charged these days, from iPads to smartphones to portable ADS-B receivers. Many of these gadgets require special high amp charging devices, and Sporty’s now offers a complete selection of pilot-tested gear to meet these needs.

The Dual 2.1 Amp Cigarette Lighter Adapter [#7565A - $14.95] plugs into any cockpit power plug (12 or 24V) and provides two high amp USB ports. It’s ideal for charging an iPad and Stratus at the same time.

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Sporty’s introduces Stratus

Sporty’s Pilot Shop has introduced the first completely wire-free weather receiver for the iPad — and it requires no monthly subscription. Stratus combines an ADS-B and GPS receiver into a single unit that wirelessly streams NEXRAD radar, text weather, TFRs and aircraft position to the popular ForeFlight Mobile app for iOS devices.

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By demand: More on WAAS

This is the eighth in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots.

First I would like to thank all the readers who have responded to the NextGen series. Feedback is always beneficial in providing a clearer understanding of each article’s content. It also allows us to modify and improve the content by way of specific requests and additional information from you, the reader. We thank you for that.

With that, we have received a fair amount of mail asking to provide more information on WAAS before we dive into ADS-B. WAAS is a more involved GPS system and does deserve more attention than just a mention since it will play a part with ADS-B and NextGen.

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NavWorx ADS600 and WxBox now include Wi-Fi

NavWorx has added Wi-Fi to its ADS600 and WxBox line of ADS-B receivers and Universal Access Transceiver (UAT), which are designed to receive subscription-free aircraft traffic and aviation weather.

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World’s smallest Mode S Transponder now available

Sagetech Corp. is now accepting orders for its new Mode S Transponder with ADS-B Out, which was released for production last week.

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FreeFlight Systems’ ADS-B solution

FreeFlight Systems has unveiled a new solution for pilots looking to incorporate ADS-B into their aircraft.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, is the cornerstone of the FAA‘s NextGen air traffic system which takes advantage of the ongoing advancements in satellite-based navigation.

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WAAS GPS Landing System certified

CMC Electronics‘ IntegriFlight CMA-5024 GPS receiver was certified recently by the FAA and Transport Canada to TSO-C145b Beta-3 and TSO-146 Delta-4.

The C145 Beta-3 is the most stringent category for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) navigation receivers and the C146 Delta-4 category allows these receivers to provide precision approach guidance signals to the autopilot and instrument displays to execute a Localizer Precision with Vertical (LPV) approach, according to officials with the Montreal-based company.

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