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ADS-B Funding Argument

by John M. White |

The FAA announced that ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) went live in Philadelphia on February 26th, but did not announce that until March 16th. This means that aircraft which are equipped with a universal access transceiver can show weather and aeronautical information on their cockpit displays along with traffic advisories. If the airplane is equipped with the 1090 MHz ES they can only receive traffic information. The FAA has asked that if pilots notice any bugs or problems with the system that they report them to the FAA so that the technology can be improved. Take a few minutes and watch the video about the system in the upper right corner of this page.
How The ADS-B System Works As the FAA moves forward with its implementation plan it noted that some 1,100 LPV approaches - satellite based precision like approaches enabled by the WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System), have been deployed for runways at airports where there is no ILS system present. The FAA plans to increase its workforce and deploy some 300 LPV approaches per year, along with providing radar like services for non radar airspace at low altitude using the ADS-B system. In the meantime the FAA plans to work with states and others on cost sharing partnerships while continuing to deploy the ADS-B ground infrastructure. Meanwhile spokesmen for the airlines say they are dumbfounded that there was no support for air traffic control infrastructure in the stimulus bill, and argue that this is not the time for the airlines to make expensive investments that may not really result in cost savings. For example, some airlines like Southwest who have invested in the new equipment, are asking the FAA to clear a way for Southwest to fly more direct routes which, in turn, would require other airlines without the new equipment to alter their routes. The other airlines argue that they have invested billions of dollars in state of the art equipment already that might not yield the expected cost savings, and the additional equipment could cost airlines more than $ 4 billion to modify all of their aircraft. If you have experience with this system please leave a comment with your thoughts. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Aviation is for grown men, alert, strong and above all capable of endurance. — Charles Turner, holder of many early aviation records.

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