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It will fill in the spots radar can't reach

After a recent missing Malaysian Airlines flight, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to mandate GPS-based aircraft tracking on planes. 

According to 9 News, the FAA will require that all planes have a GPS tracking system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) radio network by 2020. 

ADS-B allows controllers to monitor an aircraft using GPS satellite tracking instead of current ground-based radar. The problem with radar is that it doesn't cover some spots around the world, and ADS-B will make sure those particular spots are accounted for (as well as everywhere else around the globe). 

Currently, only 100 of the 230 air traffic facilities across the country use ADS-B. But by 2020, all will be onboard. The U.S. already has the ground stations in place for their use, so now it's just a matter of equipping planes with the system. 

In addition to tracking planes, the new system will also provide pilots with more accurate, real time information, like weather, when in flight. 

Sources: 9 News, ADS-B Technologies

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RE: About time
By sorry dog on 4/15/2014 8:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
Previously the FAA said ADS-b out was required for pretty much all traffic flying in controlled airspace. However, if they are now saying that all planes have to have ADS-b out all the time then that is a big deal and really screws over the general aviation community. I mean they really want a 60 year old Piper Cub or 1970 Cessna 150 to retrofit these instruments for the occasional flight in the middle of nowhere. From the wording of this article I'm not sure and I will be looking it up later tonight after taxes are mailed. I sure wish Tiffany would have done a little more research for this article.

BTW- Is it just me or is the police state of tracking everybody and everything really accelerating in the last couple of years. It's now like you read the new and every week some new program, database, or requirement is coming all in the name of security. It really makes sad to see how close we are really coming to the book 1984 ... It seems Mr. Orwell might have had it right after all, just 30 years too soon.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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