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ADS-B Is Coming. Get on It, or Get Grounded.

Updated: Dec 22, 2018



ADS-B or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast is considered to be the cutting edge in aircraft surveillance that offers the precision of GPS. All aircraft owners have been advised by the FAA to equip their aircraft with the new ADS-B system so that they can take advantage of the many benefits of ADS-B. It is also a requirement if you want to continue to fly in U.S. airspace.

What is ADS-B?


The ADS-B does not require radar to operate properly. Rather, it depends on a network of ground stations for receiving crucial aircraft reports and sending them back to the ATC during flights. Currently, this network consists of up to 500 stations, which will be gradually increased. The stations will also transmit information on the weather and air traffic to the aircraft that has been equipped with ADS-B. It is being seen as Nextgen technology that is going to modernize air traffic control as we know it.

ADS-B is quickly transforming all areas of aviation, with its real-time precision and shared situational awareness along with highly advanced applications that allow pilots to be more aware. It increases safety while the aircraft is airborne. The following are some of the features of the ADS-B system:

  • Access to air traffic control information in real time.

  • The ADS-B system makes general aviation safer, as compared to traditional technologies.

  • Significant improvement in safety and efficiency of the aircraft.

In short, the new ADS-B system not only improves safety and efficiency of the aircraft in the air, it improves safety and efficiency on the runway while helping reduce costs of fuel and the harmful effects of burning fuel in the environment. This is the reason why the FAA has announced that all aircraft must be equipped with the ADS-B system by January 1, 2020. which is why pilots and aircraft owners need to act soon.

The ADS-B Rebate Program


The FAA has recently announced the re-launch of the $500 ADS-B rebate program. According to new reports, the program is going to be valid until October 2019. The ADS-B rebate program is going to be valid for all registered, fixed wing, or single engine aircraft, including piston aircraft which have been registered before the year 2016. The ADS-B Out system that has received ADS-B technical standard order authorization and rule requirements will be eligible for the rebate program.

Ending Note

Any airspace that uses a transponder today will require Version 2 ADS-B Out system by the end of the deadline which is on January 1, 2020. It is important to remember that non-equipped ADS-B airplanes could be subject to insurance premium increase. For further information on ADS-B and how does it affect a pilot's ability to fly if they're not compliant with the new law, contact Aviation Marine.




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