Send me BRIEFINGS from IFR, FREE!

Weekly tips, technique and training from IFR.

Features January 2015 Issue

TIS-B: The ADS-B Bridge

TIS-B data flow for the uplink of surveillance data of non-equipped aircraft.

TIS-B: The ADS-B Bridge

ADS-B is the FAA's vision of the future. It gives us weather and traffic information, but until we're all on the same page, something has to tie the disparate traffic systems together.

The great promise of ADS-B is that it will eventually offer free traffic and weather services for those pilots willing to pay for the equipment and displays. But until everyone has ADS-B Out—required by 2020—a technology called TIS-B (Traffic Information Services-Broadcast) will fill the trafffic gap, allowing you to see everything ATC sees within a reasonable range of a radar site, presuming you and the radar site are suitably equipped. Let’s explore how TIS-B works and how it fits into the current state of ADS-B.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to IFR Magazine

Get the next year of IFR Magazine for just $19.97. Get access to all articles published online. Features, reviews, lesson, quizzes - get it all.

That's a savings of more than $14 off the regular rate. Or double your savings and subscribe for 14 issues for just $39.94.

Get IFR Digital

Get 12 months of IFR DIGITAL for just $34. You get unlimited access to everything on the site including each monthly issue as a PDF.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.