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need to put on your aircraft to comply with the ADS-B rule and links
to FAA field approval guidance. The Installation Approval for ADS-B
Out Systems memo, available on the website, explains the FAA's
policy regarding installation of ADS-B Out systems in civil aircraft .
A key feature of this section is a list of the common ADS-B
installation problems you want to avoid . The FAA is placing
special emphasis on avoiding installation errors for operators,
manufacturers and installers, including:
Missing barometric pressure altitude .
Air/ground determination issues .
Flight ID problems including missing flight ID 3-letter identifier.
Duplicate and wrong ICAO codes .
Invalid mode 3/A code .
Incorrect emitter category .
Aircraft with position errors .
Is my new ADS-B equipment reporting correctly?
Once an installation is completed and you are beginning to fly
with your new ADS-B Out capability, you should check to see if
everything is working properly .
On the installation section of the website, you can go to "ADS-B
Out Equipped?" and provide the FAA with your N-number, ADS-B
transmitter and GPS make/model numbers to find out if your
equipment is working properly .
Wait - I read about everything mentioned
above and I still have questions
The good news is the Equip ADS-B website has a frequently
asked questions section, and the questions answered are
important ones .
Here is a sample of what is covered:
I operate an experimental, amateur-built aircraft, what
should I install?
I operate an S-LSA aircraft, what should I install?
What are the risks of using an uncertified position source?
Can I get a one-time deviation from the requirement?
Why are portable ADS-B devices not allowed?
Why can't I use my phone's GPS sensor?
After 2020, can you still fly IFR using your transponder if
you are not going into restricted airspace?
So why are you waiting?
You are likely pondering an ADS-B installation as 2020
approaches . Now is the time to assess whether you will need to
equip with ADS-B to fly where you want. The tools are available
on the FAA Equip ADS-B website to help you decide . Once you
are sure you need to equip, the site can help you decide what
equipment to buy, how to get it installed properly and how to
ensure it's working .
Welcome to the national airspace system in 2020 and beyond .
It is meant to be a safer place for every aircraft in the air,
including those in the general aviation fleet. Fly safe and equip
with ADS-B to fly even safer. q
EDITOR'S NOTE: See chart titled "Do I Need to Equip?" on page 58 for more information.
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