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By now, you’ve probably heard of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and the requirement for many airplanes to add an ADS-B Out transponder to the panel. But you may be confused about what exactly ADS-B is, why you should care and what you should do.
Williamsburg Flight Center can help to guide you through the process from start to finish. We’ll explain what ADS-B is all about and what it offers for pilots, so you can make a confident decision about your airplane’s avionics. We also offer a full complement of ADS-B avionics to suit almost any aircraft, from names you trust: Garmin, Appareo, Bendix/King and more.
At heart, ADS-B is a new way for Air Traffic Control to separate airplanes, but it can also offer free datalink weather and traffic. Here are 5 things to know before you upgrade to ADS-B:
ADS-B Out avionics will be required by January 1, 2020 in most airspace where you need a Mode C transponder today.
An approved WAAS GPS must be included in your ADS-B Out solution.
ADS-B Out compliance must be with panel-installed equipment (no portables).
ADS-B In equipage (for weather and traffic) is completely optional.
Avionics are available from Garmin, Bendix/King, Appareo, Aspen and others, starting under $5,000.
Want to learn more about ADS-B?
Read our ADS-B 101 article for plain English explanations and real world tips.
Read our article on Understanding ADS-B traffic for a helpful graphic.
Read our article about ADS-B Out – what’s the difference between 1090 and 978?
Watch our webinar video on ADS-B for a detailed look at how the system works:
In just the past 18 months, a number of exciting ADS-B products have been announced. There has never been a better time to consider upgrading your panel. Below, find some of the more popular options. Request a quote or contact us for complete pricing and information.
GDL 82 – an all-in-one solution, including WAAS GPS, that retains your existing Mode C transponder. More info
GTX 335/345 – a 1090ES transponder (ADS-B Out), with internal GPS. 345 adds ADS-B In and a Bluetooth connection for tablets. More info
Already have a GTX 330 Mode S Transponder? In most cases, this can be upgraded to ES. Contact us for details.
Stratus ESG – a 1090ES transponder with certified WAAS GPS, an “all-in-one-box” product for compliance. The Stratus portable ADS-B In receiver can be connected to Appareo’s Out transponder for an amplified ADS-B In experience on ForeFlight. Also available without GPS (Stratus ES). More info
Lynx Traffic & NEXRAD
Lynx MultiLink Surveillance Systems is a simple transponder replacement packed full of ADS-B benefits. More info
Bendix/King by Honeywell
Bendix/King KT 74
KT 74 – a 1090ES (ADS-B Out) transponder that is a “plug and play” replacement for the KT 76A/C. More info
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