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Published on: February 5 2023 by pipiads

Welcome to the ADSP University, powered by Free Flight Systems. In this first chapter, we will cover the basics of what ADSP is and why it's important. Let's dive in!

What is ADS-B?

ADS-B stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast. It is a system that sends messages periodically without the need for interrogation. The system is dependent on aircraft being equipped with a high integrity position source, which means a lost GPS. ADS-B provides radar-like surveillance services, providing aircraft position and other data to air traffic control. It broadcasts aircraft position and other data continuously to ADS-B ground stations and other ADS-B equipped aircraft.

ADS-B Requirements:

The final rule for ADS-B requirements was issued by the FAA on May 27th, 2010. In that final rule, it states that all aircraft operating within a set guideline of airspace in the United States will have to be equipped with ADS-B out by January 1st, 2020. This date was selected to allow a 10-year window of opportunity for the industry to equip with ADS-B equipment.

ADS-B Benefits:

ADS-B is a major component of the FAA's NextGen airspace overhaul program. It is designed to make flying safer and more secure. From an operator standpoint, ADS-B will provide air-to-air as well as air-to-ground surveillance capabilities. It will also provide surveillance services to remote or inhospitable areas such as Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and mountainous areas.

One of the major benefits to the operators who utilize ADS-B is that it will provide them with real-time traffic information along with subscription-free aeronautical information such as data link weather. With ADS-B, air traffic controllers will have a clearer picture of all the aircraft operating in the National Airspace System, allowing for reduced separation minimums and increased predictability, helping to reduce delays in arrival and departure procedures.

Financial Savings:

A major benefit of the switch from ground-based radar to ADS-B is the substantial financial savings the FAA will incur by eliminating duplicate radar coverage in the United States. With ADS-B fully implemented, the FAA will begin shutting down several ground-based radar stations throughout the US. Currently, the FAA is spending some 950 million dollars per year to own and maintain the ground-based radar network. ADS-B will help reduce that number by two-thirds.

Environmental Impact:

With improved routing and greater arrival and departure predictability, ADS-B will play a major role in helping to reduce the environmental impacts that aviation has on the environment.

ADS-B is a vital component of the FAA's NextGen airspace overhaul program. It is designed to make flying safer and more secure. ADS-B will provide air-to-air as well as air-to-ground surveillance capabilities, providing real-time traffic information and subscription-free aeronautical information. With improved routing and greater arrival and departure predictability, ADS-B will help reduce the environmental impacts that aviation has on the environment. It is important that all aircraft operating within a set guideline of airspace in the United States be equipped with ADS-B out by January 1st, 2020.


Revolutionizing Aviation with A DSB and NextGen

Skies around the world are becoming increasingly crowded, leading to an increase in delays, higher costs, and greater environmental impact. To meet this challenge, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is building NextGen, America's air traffic control system of the future. The backbone of this system is a new technology called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADSB), which enables the widespread use of satellite-based GPS technology in aviation.

How does ADSB work?

ADSB allows planes to determine their exact location using GPS, which is then broadcast to other nearby aircraft and ADSB ground stations. This information is then relayed to air traffic controllers, who can guide planes more efficiently through congested airspace. This system provides updates 12 times more frequently than radar, leading to better-coordinated takeoffs and landings, shorter flight times, and fewer delays.

Benefits of ADSB:

- Provides air traffic controllers and pilots with up-to-date information on airspace.

- Enables advanced air traffic control procedures, allowing aircraft to fly more closely together with fewer instructions from the ground.

- Benefits the environment by enabling a more direct approach and a power-saving continuous descent to the runway.

- Increases efficiency for both low altitude helicopter traffic and high altitude air transport aircraft.

- Allows for a nationwide rollout of ADSB, enabling air travel that is safer, more efficient, and better for the environment.

ADSB and NextGen are revolutionizing the future of flying, providing a safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly air traffic control system. With this technology, air travel will be able to continue to grow without negatively impacting the environment or causing unnecessary delays and costs. ADSB is the cornerstone of NextGen and is set to dramatically improve the future of aviation.

What is ADS-B? | New Cessna Avionics

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and it is becoming harder to keep up with. However, the installation of ATS B in our Skyhawk has given us the opportunity to test this new way of transmitting aircraft position to air traffic control and other airplanes equipped with ADSB receivers. This new technology is set to replace old fashioned radar in the coming decade and the FAA has mandated that all aircraft operating in rural areas must be equipped with at least a DSP output by 2020.

What Counts as Rural Airspace:

Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations outlines where ATS B will be required in 2020. ATS B will be required within and above class Bravo and Charlie air spaces up to 10,000 feet alpha airspace and any class echo airspace above 10,000 feet above mean sea level except for that airspace which is below 2500 feet above ground level. In addition, ATS B will be required in the airspace from US Shores to 12 nautical miles offshore from 3,000 feet up to 10,000 feet above sea level.

Incentives for Aircraft Owners:

The FAA is offering an incentive to general aviation aircraft owners who get their new ADSB equipment installed ahead of time. The FAA initiated an ADSB rebate program and if your aircraft qualifies, you are eligible to receive a $500 rebate from the FAA for getting your ATS B equipment installed ahead of time.

Steps to Claim the Rebate:

Step 1: Decide on the ATS B equipment you want and schedule your install.

Step 2: Reserve your rebate online with all the appropriate information.

Step 3: Get the equipment installed in your airplane by your certified shop of choice.

Step 4: Take the airplane on a validation flight and perform the maneuvers required in rural airspace.

Step 5: If the report says all tests provided accurate data and gives you all green, you can claim your rebate with the incentive code on the report.

Maneuvers Required:

The maneuvers we perform must be in rural airspace. The validation flight must be at least one hour in length from takeoff to landing and at least 30 minutes of the flight must be flown within rural airspace. The maneuvers will consist of two separate left 360 degree turns, two separate right 360 degree turns, two separate climbs, and two separate descents each at least one minute in length.

Installing ATS B in our Skyhawk has given us the opportunity to test this new technology and take advantage of the FAA's rebate program. It is important to follow the steps outlined by the FAA to claim the rebate and ensure that the ATS B equipment is working properly. As the FAA mandates that all aircraft operating in rural areas must be equipped with at least a DSP output by 2020, it is important for aircraft owners to stay up-to-date with these regulations and take advantage of the incentives provided.

So You Blew Off ADS B Now What?

Navigating the ADSP-Out Regulations: Where Can You Fly Without It?

The January 1st, 2020 deadline for ADSP-Out installation on airplanes with electrical systems is fast approaching. If you're an airplane owner who has put off installing the ADSP-Out, don't panic. Here's a rundown of where you can fly without it.

List of Places Where You Can Fly Without ADSP-Out:

1. Below 10,000 feet

2. Within 2,500 feet of the ground, above 10,000 feet

3. Under the shells of Class B and C airspace, and in a 30 mile ring

4. Class D airspace, except those under Class B airspace and within 30 mile rings

5. Rural airspace with one-time permission from the FAA

6. Gliders and balloons


1. Flying in Class A airspace requires an extended squitter ADSP-Out operating on 1090 megahertz

2. Flying between 10,000 feet MSL and 18,000 feet requires any kind of ADSP-Out

3. Flying in Class B airspace and under the shelves of overlying airspace requires an ADSP-Out

4. Filing and flying an IFR flight plan does not require an ADSP-Out unless flying into Class A or Class B airspace or above 10,000 feet

5. Emergency situations allow for landing at Class B airports without an ADSP-Out

6. Class D airports under Class B airspace and within 30 mile rings require an ADSP-Out

While not having an ADSP-Out may limit some of your flying options, there are still plenty of places you can go without it. However, if you plan on flying in Class B or Class C airspace or above 10,000 feet, it's important to install the ADSP-Out to comply with regulations. Don't wait until the last minute to schedule an installation appointment, as the backlog can be several months long. Keep in mind that emergency situations always allow for flexibility in equipment requirements.

ADS-B Myths - Q&A for Pilot and Aircraft Owner

With less than a year until the ADS-B mandate goes into effect in the United States, pilots and aircraft owners have many questions on the topic. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about ADS-B:

- With the ADS-B mandate quickly approaching, it's important to review common questions about the topic.


- Do I have to install ADS-B to fly in the US in 2020?

- Will air traffic control change how they work on January 1st, 2020?

- My altitude and GPS altitude don't match, is this a problem?

- Can I still get flight following or file flight plans without ADS-B?

- Can I make a rental plane ADS-B compliant with a portable unit?

- Can I fly to airports in Class Bravo or Class Charlie airspace without ADS-B?

- Should I remove my Mode C transponder if I don't plan on getting ADS-B?

- Is anonymous mode important?

- Does it matter if I get a UAT or 1090 transponder?

- Why can't I see other airplanes through ADS-B even with a portable receiver?

- With the ADS-B mandate approaching, it's important to be informed and prepared. If you have additional questions, feel free to ask in the comments section.

What are the Transponder and ADS-B Requirements and How do they Work?

In this article, we will be discussing the basic functionality of a transponder, including its modes and when they are required for private pilots.

Functionality of a Basic Transponder:

- The basic transponder has a mode switch with off, standby, on, and alt options.

- The numbers are used to change the squawk code, and the enter button is used to confirm.

- There are VFR and ident quick buttons for convenience.

- The function button is only used for setup and configuration.

Modes of a Transponder:

- Mode A transmits aircraft position with a four-digit squawk code to ATC.

- Mode C transmits aircraft position and altitude rounded to the nearest 100 feet.

- Mode S is designed to function with traffic alert and collision avoidance systems and transmits the aircraft's call sign, position, and altitude.

- ADS-B transmits aircraft position, identification, altitude, and velocity in three dimensions.

Requirements for Transponder and ADS-B:

- The FAA requires aircraft to be equipped with an operable mode C transponder and ADS-B out when in Class A, B, or C airspace.

- Above Class B airspace and above Class Charlie airspace until 10,000 feet MSL, transponder and ADS-B are required.

- Within Class Echo airspace at or above 10,000 feet MSL, modes C and ADS-B are required, except in airspace below 2500 feet AGL.

Knowing the functionality and requirements of a transponder is essential for private pilots. By understanding the different modes and when they are required, pilots can ensure their safety and compliance with FAA regulations.

ADS-B Rule Goes Into Effect

New Year, New Rules: Understanding the ADSP Mandate

- Alyssa joins Tom on Opa Live after 15 years of bringing news to members

- The ADSP mandate went into effect on January 2nd

- Pilots need a DSB out installed to fly in rural airspace

Understanding the ADSP Mandate:

- Rule airspace requires a transponder, including Class C, B, and some Class E airspace

- Mode C veil around big airports also requires a DSB out

- TAP is a pre-flight tool to get permission to enter rural airspace without a DSB out

- A letter of agreement is a long-term option to enter airspace on your own timeline

- FAA interactive map shows all airspace where a DSB out is required

Personal Experiences:

- Tom has had a Garmin 330 es since 2013 for international flights

- Alyssa waited for cheaper alternatives and uses a U Avionics Sky Beacon on her Cessna 172

- AOPA is available to help pilots understand and comply with the ADSP mandate

- Cheaper alternatives, like the U Avionics Sky Beacon, are available for pilots to equip their aircraft

- Understanding the ADSP mandate is crucial for flying in rural airspace.

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