ADS-B stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast. Most aircraft will be required to have ADS-B Out capability by 2020. It’s really just a new way to manage air traffic; it will eventually replace radar as Air Traffic Control’s (ATC) primary tool for separating aircraft.
Not all pilots will have to upgrade to ADS-B Out- it depends on how you use your aircraft and where you fly. The rule is that by 2020, all aircraft will be required to have ADS-B ‘Out’ equipment to fly in Class A, B and C airspace, plus Class E airspace above 10,000 feet but not below 2,500 feet.
In general you’ll need ADS-B ‘Out’ to fly to most of the places you need a Mode C transponder today.
ADS-B is made up of two main parts: ADS-B Out and ADS-B In.
ADS-B ‘Out’ is mandatory; ADS-B ‘In’ is optional. ‘Out’ is of interest to air traffic controllers, while ‘In’ is mostly of interest to pilots.
There are two different datalink technologies that meet the ADS-B requirement: 1090 MHz ES and 978 MHz UAT.
If you fly above 18,000 feet or outside the US, 1090ES is your only option. If you don’t, a 978 UAT could work.
The cost to comply varies widely: a lot depends on the equipment you already have installed, and if you want just ‘Out’ or ‘In/Out’.
For ‘Out’ solutions, you need an ADS-B Out transmitter and a WAAS GPS source.
‘Out’ solutions have to be permanently installed, certified systems: ‘In’ can be a portable solution.
We will be happy to discuss your options and provide you a quote: we need to know the type of aircraft, what equipment you already have installed, where you fly, and if you want just 'Out' or 'Out/In', so give us a call or send us an email.
Here are some of the more popular options we offer: