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FAA Seeks More Input on ADS-B

EAA Sees ARC Recommendations as Positive For GA

October 9, 2008 — The FAA has reopened the proposed ADS-B implementation comment period through November 3, 2008, to allow the public to weigh in on recommendations from an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) that was charged with reviewing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) process. The ARC made a total of 36 specific recommendations (a summary of which are found on pages 1-11 of the ARC document) and according to EAA’s Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations, those recommendations are positive and favorable for general aviation.

“Some of the key issues of direct interest to pilots include recommendations on improving the proposed equipment transition (eliminating transponders, ELTs, etc.); improved weather and traffic avoidance services designed to incentivize ADS-B equipage by aircraft that operate in the ADS-B Out environment (uncontrolled airspace); and incentives to encourage owners to voluntary equip their aircraft prior to the 2020 deadline,” he said.

EAA broadly supports the 36 ARC recommendations but emphasizes its strong support for the following:

  • Reducing the initial costs associated with purchasing and installing ADS-B components on general aviation aircraft
  • Reducing ADS-B 1090 MHz frequency congestion and/or interference, especially in high-density airspace
  • Supporting FAA-developed procedures that would enable general aviation over flights of Canadian and Mexican airspace, and routes to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Requiring the FAA to conduct an urgent study (to be completed by January 2009) to confirm proposed NextGen equipment life cycles; ensure air-to-air applications for ranges of 20nm, 45nm, 60nm, and 90nm; and conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine benefits and alternatives for general aviation
  • Improved equipment transition (eliminating transponders, ELTs, etc.)
  • Improved services to incentivize ADS-B equipage by aircraft that operate in the ADS-B Out environment
  • Incentives to encourage voluntary equipage prior to the 2020 deadline
  • ADS-B service expansion to provide service to non-radar airspace and airports that have at least one FAA-approved instrument approach and to airports that have at least one runway longer than 3,000 feet
  • Ensure that enhanced search and rescue services are incorporated into the ADS-B capabilities (eliminating the need for 121.5/406 MHz ELTs)
  • Ensure enhanced Flight Service Station airborne services are provided to all GA aircraft and provide a means to automatically close flight plans upon arrival at an airport, helipad or other destination point
  • Ensure ADS-B ground stations are located in a manner that supports high-risk emergency medical flights (low-flying helicopters, remote accident sites located in uncontrolled airspace, etc.)
  • To submit a comment:
    Send comments, identified by Docket Number FAA-2007-29305, through the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically.

    Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.

    Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.

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