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IS YOUR NEW ADS-B EQUIPMENT WORKING
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our repair shop calls and says installation of
the FAA published a rule mandating the use of ADS-B
your new Automatic Dependent Surveillance-
Out - a basic level of aircraft equipage that transmits
Broadcast equipment is finished.
position data once per second - by Jan. 1, 2020, in
most airspace where a transponder is required today.
What should an aircraft owner do next? Go flying in
The rule specifies the type of data the equipment
airspace where the rule requires ADS-B, then go online.
must transmit to the ADS-B ground system and other
After your first flight in ADS-B coverage airspace,
properly equipped aircraft.
you can easily check online to see whether your new
If you are installing ADS-B Out equipment in an
equipment works properly and complies with Federal
Aviation Administration rules. You can do this by
aircraft with a standard airworthiness certificate, it
requesting a Public ADS-B Performance Report, or
must be paired with a GPS and approved by the FAA.
Experimental or light sport aircraft owners should
seek a pairing approved by the FAA, or one deemed
Visit www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb and click
on the "ADS-B Out Equipped?" button to complete a
compliant by the avionics or aircraft manufacturer (see
form and quickly receive your PAPR report via email.
FAA-approved pairings at the Equip ADS-B website
An 18-page user guide from the FAA showing how to
listed above under "FAA certified equipment").
ADS-B offers pilots and controllers increased safety
interpret a PAPR is available at adsbperformance.faa.
and better situational awareness, but it's imperative to
ADS-B is the surveillance part of the FAA's NextGen
effort to modernize the U.S. air traffic system. In 2010,
check if your equipment is working properly after it's
installed and any time it's serviced.
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