Should any of the reservations be returned, the agency will make them available each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on a first-come, first-served basis.[Read more…]
Only a few hundred of the $500 GA Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate reservations being offered by the FAA remain.[Read more…]
A new report from FlightAware shows that, as of the end of April 2019, 71% of turbine-powered business aircraft registered in the United States are equipped with ADS-B. That’s up from 69% in the March 2019 report.
The FAA has mandated that all aircraft that fly in airspace that now requires a transponder must equip with ADS-B Out by Jan. 1, 2020.[Read more…]
By JOHN CROFT, FAA
The very ingredient that makes Asheville a magnet for vacationers and retirees — mountains — can also make the western North Carolina city more challenging for those arriving by aircraft.
Mountains have a bad habit of blocking radar, creating surveillance blind spots for controllers and forcing instrument flight rules (IFR) aircraft to take inefficient flight paths.
NextGen radar and ADS-B technology is helping to remove those blind spots, easing the workload for controllers and boosting efficiency and safety for airline, military, and general aviation pilots who use the airport and airspace.[Read more…]
By JOHN CROFT, FAA
LYNCHBURG, Virginia — Intuition says that ADS-B In can help reduce the risk of a collision, but can an economic case be made to equip?
Andrew Walton, director of safety for Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics, came up with a cost-benefit analysis that proved it can, and he used it to convince his employer to support the purchase of ADS-B In for a fleet of 25 aircraft.
The extra cost was significant — $5,000 over the purchase and installation costs of the ADS-B Out system for each of the school’s Cessna 172s and twin-engine Piper Seminoles. [Read more…]
However, agency officials emphasized the policy is not an alternative to equipping, nor should aircraft owners expect such authorizations to be a frequent occurrence. [Read more…]
By JOHN CROFT, FAA
In Akron, Ohio, a flight department operating a wholly different kind of animal — an airship — took the ADS-B-In plunge early on as a strategic move.
Michael Dougherty, chief pilot for Goodyear Airship Operations, says when the company was working with Germany’s airship builder, Zeppelin, on the cockpit design for its three new airships seven years ago, long-term choices had to be made or pay the price later.
Goodyear, which uses its semi-rigid airships to provide TV coverage above sports events and to travel the country promoting the company brand, knew it had to install ADS-B Out for the FAA’s 2020 mandate because of where it flies, but it had to take a gamble that ADS-B In would be worth the extra investment, according to company officials. [Read more…]
On opening day of the Aircraft Electronic Association convention, Garmin introduced the GTX 335D and GTX 345D, two diversity transponders that provide Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out coverage.
The GTX 335D offers ADS-B Out, while the GTX 345D provides ADS-B Out, as well as ADS-B In traffic and weather for display on compatible avionics and mobile devices. Remote-mount versions are also available.
The GTX 335D/GTX 345D are intended for qualifying aircraft that may prefer or require a “diversity solution,” while also meeting or exceeding global ADS-B airspace requirements, according to Garmin officials.
The GTX 335D/GTX 345D utilize two antennas mounted on the top and bottom of the aircraft, providing “superior operational coverage,” Garmin officials said in a prepared release. [Read more…]
“The skyBeacon is a revolutionary new way to equip ADS-B,” says Smitty Smith, the force behind FunPlacesToFly.com. “Simply replace your existing navigation light with skyBeacon and you are ADS-B compliant for 2020.” [Read more…]