Helicopter operators are moving closer to reaping the benefits of ADS-B--a system that will "take the National Air Space and extend it out over the Gulf of Mexico." At least that's how Vincent Capezzuto likes to describe the capability of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, which the FAA calls "the backbone" of the Next-Generation Air Transportation System. Capezzuto is FAA program manager for the FAA's national ADS-B office. For Gulf of Mexico operators, ADS-B means real-time ...

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