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ADS-B
AFTER A YEAR
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OK, any debate about this statement, one frequently heard in
developing this and many other stories over the past nine months?
The year 2020 has been one for the books; one many people won't be
sorry to see end. No quibbles? Expected as much.
Between the coronavirus pandemic and its ripple
effect, the wholesale loss of a year's worth of events,
travel and adaptation to the resulting economic
recession, the slowing of aircraft and avionics sales,
disjointed school and sports schedules, a presidential
election unlike any other - with an aftermath lingering
like a distasteful aroma - people born before 2010 will
likely grow up to tell stories opening with a line similar
to this: " You think that's something? I'll tell you what,
now back during the pandemic... "
The year 2020 was the year of aviation's transition to
a rule promulgated a decade earlier: automatic dependent
surveillance-broadcast. Twelve months ago, 2020
loomed large as the year of the mandate - you know, the
mandate to equip with ADS-B Out avionics.
After decades of research and development,
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equipment development, of establishing a continent-wide
network of hundreds of ADS-B ground stations and,
eventually, the launch of actual air traffic surveillance
and management solely via the ADS-B system, Jan. 1,
2020, was the due date. That's when it was all users'
jobs to equip their aircraft with the hardware necessary
to meet the Federal Aviation Administration's rule issued
back in May 2010.
Predictions, both dire and rosy, anticipated any
number of predicable teething problems - almost none
of which pilots and operators exercised any meaningful
control. The arguably top beneficiary of the changeover,
our friendly folks at the FAA, controlled the switch
presuming that the thousands of owners and operators
did all they were asked to do: Write checks and see to
it that ADS-B Out hardware was installed, operational,



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