Avionics News March 2017 - 42
If you think the FAA's
NextGen initiative ends
New Year's Day 2020,
you're in for quite a surprise.
WHAT'S NEXT WITH
S T O R Y
D A L E
S M I T H
NextGen's Standard Terminal Automation
Replacement System will give controllers a more
complete picture of the NAS and help optimize
ADS-B and other modern airspace programs.
don't believe for a minute that any reader of
Avionics News couldn't recite the definition and
virtues of ADS-B by heart. But in case you are
new to the planet Earth, here it is again.
Based on advanced GPS satellite tracing, ADS-B
is the NextGen successor to ground-based radar as
the primary way air traffic control provides aircraft
identification, airspeed, location and spacing control.
ADS-B has already been integrated into automation
platforms in all 24 FAA en route air traffic control
facilities in the U.S., and all aircraft operating in any
of that controlled airspace must be equipped with
ADS-B Out by Jan. 1, 2020.
ADS-B Out has become the poster child for the
entire FAA NextGen program, and rightly so. It
promises to deliver more benefits to the "average"
pilot than any other emerging technology or capability.
While ADS-B Out is required by mandate, there's
a lot to be said for aircraft owners and operators to go
ahead and equip for ADS-B In at the same time.
As Don Walker, surveillance team lead for the
FAA's Systems and Equipment Branch, said, "With
ADS-B In, the one thing that I think is key and that
doesn't get enough attention is the ability for general