July 2012 Issue
Living With ADS-B
Its here and available, especially if portable equipment is appropriate for your operation or you fly an Experimental. Should you go there yet?
Automatic Dependent SystemsBroadcast, or ADS-B, sounds like some new alphabet-soup group but its not. The program was originally conceived to provide aircraft operating in areas of poor radar coverage the ability to self-separate in IFR conditions. Known as Capstone, it equipped aircraft operating around Anchorage, Alaska, in the 1990s with ADS-B tranceivers (the Garmin GDL 90) and either Chelton or MX200 PFD/MFDs. Accidents dropped by 40 percent during Capstones brief life, thanks to the terrain avoidance capability, traffic information and improved situational awareness.
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