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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 4/17/2014 11:14:37 AM , Rating: 2
If a weekend pilot-hobbyest can afford $300 a year surely the airlines can.

I'm sorry to say it like this but you really have no idea what your talking about.

The Garmin GDL-88 is about as cheap as it goes right now for part 23 GA aircraft at $4,000 plus installation which may not even include the antenna much less installation.

I'm not you, but 5 grand ain't chump change to keep flying especially with potentially large costs coming soon with 100LL phase out.

General aviation is an important sector of the U.S. transportation system, and if the FAA regulates it to being a rich man's (more than it already is anyway) then there will be consequences to other parts of aviation.

RE: About time
By MarksCorner on 4/17/2014 12:42:28 PM , Rating: 2
The $300 reference is about a GPS tracker. You can buy a handheld or even a dash mount for an aircraft. Compared to ADS-B, they are far less expensive but I believe it only provides GPS position data and nothing else. As an inexpensive position tracking device, yes, it is cheap compared to ADS-B installation. However, it does not have the same capability. A few years ago, a helicopter flying in a remote area crashed. It had one of these dashmount systems. Homebase was receiving the position data, and was able to launch a rescue effort before the pilot could have done anything. But again, it is not nor could it be an ADS-B replacement.

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