Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment has now been installed on 10,000 aircraft flying in the U.S., a move hailed by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
The FAA made the announcement at an Equip 2020 working group meeting on March 18, GAMA said. The working group was established by the FAA last year to encourage the adoption of ADS-B equipment and to address challenges of equipping the nation’s aircraft.
ADS-B is necessary for the adoption of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, which aims to modernize air traffic control and move from a ground-based to a satellite-based system. The FAA estimates that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to be equipped with ADS-B equipment before the Jan. 1, 2020 mandate.
“This significant milestone shows that thousands of U.S. aircraft are already experiencing the many benefits that ADS-B equipage offers, including enhanced surveillance, especially at lower altitudes, better situational awareness and free in-cockpit weather and traffic,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said.
More than a dozen products are on the market and more are on the way. With that, the cost has dropped and operators have a choice of cost-effective equipment, Bunce said.
“ADS-B will be particularly important for general aviation operators as the FAA fully integrates Unmanned Aerial Systems into the National Airspace System, introducing thousands of UAS into a crowded airspace,” he said. “By choosing to invest now, operators are investing in their safety. They are also ensuring they meet the 2020 deadline before installation lines grow long.”