What Is ADS-B Out and Do You Need It?


ADS-B Out is the broadcasting part of ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast).  Through a transmitter, aircraft data such as airspeed, altitude, location and identification is broadcast to ADS-B ground stations.  In most cases, the real-time data that is received by air traffic controllers is more accurate than the data provided by current radar-based systems.

6 Myths About the ADS-B Out Mandate

Myth #1

The FAA Will Extend the Mandate Deadline

Not going to happen. Anyone who’s attended an FAA event or seminar on ADS-B Out can attest to the fact that the January 1, 2020 deadline will not be extended. It’s usually the first thing an FAA presenter will point out. Watch FAA Aerospace Engineer, Alex Rodriguez’s presentation on ADS-B Out.

Myth #2

I’ve Got Plenty of Time

With an estimated 15,000 business aircraft to be grounded on January 1, 2020, you know a significant number will be due in part to shop unavailability. As the deadline nears, operators rushing to add ADS-B Out technology will be met with delays since shop availability will be limited or completely unavailable.

Myth #3

If I Wait, Prices Will Drop

If you read Myth #2, you probably already figured out that the law of supply and demand busts this myth. Equipment manufacturers have stated that their prices are as low as they’re going to go and if anything, could go up due to the last-minute rush on a depleted inventory of equipment.

Myth #4

ADS-B Out Doesn’t Benefit Pilots or Operators

Unlike some previous mandates, pilots and operators benefit significantly from the ADS-B Out mandate. Areas currently not covered by radar systems will now have surveillance provided in these remote locations. Airspace traffic separation will be reduced allowing controllers to plan further in advance thus decreasing an aircraft’s flight time — saving time and money! And if you include ADS-B In with your upgrade, you and your passengers will be able to receive the same traffic and weather controllers see.

Myth #5

It’s Too Expensive

Prices are only going to go up so reserve your spot today to assure the best available pricing.

Myth #6

I’m Selling my Aircraft So I Don’t Need to Upgrade

Would you buy an aircraft today that doesn’t meet the FAA 2020 Mandate? Neither will any anyone else. An aircraft’s value in today’s market is significantly less if it’s not ADS-B Out equipped. Upgrade now to increase your aircraft’s value and potential buyers.

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