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Features September 2019 Issue

The Payoff

Approach controls rely on terminal radars, like this ASR-11. When that antenna stops spinning, ADS-B can take up the slack … if aircraft are properly equipped.

The Payoff

As January 1, 2020 with its mandated equipage deadline rapidly approaches, how is ADS-B reshaping the way ATC does business?

However, the FAA’s ADS-B installation date of January 1st, 2020 was nearly a decade away, and he faced a hostile audience. Numerous pilots seated around us hit him on point after point. The price of the transponder units. The installation and certification headache. The lack of ADS-B coverage (at the time). The overall cost-vs.-benefit scenario. They clung to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” theme. The company rep did his best, but it was a frustrating battle.

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