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Flight Safety Foundation Explores ADS-B Benefits

The study, conducted over several months, investigates the implementation of the ADS-B networks being put in place to meet the coming challenges related to air traffic growth.
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The study found a variety of ADS-B benefits.

A new study has been released by the Flight Safety Foundation, titled “Benefits Analysis of Space-Based ADS-B.” The study, conducted over several months, investigates the implementation of the ADS-B networks being put in place to meet the coming challenges related to air traffic growth over the next twenty years. The study also looks at how ADS-B benefits aviation by providing near real-time flight surveillance and global coverage.

Greg Marshall, Vice President, Global Programs for the Flight Safety Foundation, had this to say about the study, “Space-based ADS-B has the potential to significantly improve flight safety, efficiency and the health of the industry overall. The ability to provide near-real-time global surveillance is a game changer for the aviation industry. This type of innovative capability comes along once in a generation. I think we can all agree, it is always safer when the controller knows exactly where the plane is, 100 percent of the time.

Additional ADS-B Benefits

Besides the increased surveillance capability, the study looks at how the technology can also be used to address other existing problems. This includes flying in remote and oceanic airspace that currently lacks any kind of surveillance. The current standard for flight and trajectory monitoring in these areas is to update every 30 minutes, and with ADS-B, they expect this to happen every 8 seconds. They also expect improved reliability over conflict zones or areas covered with volcanic ash clouds. In addition, ADS-B is expected to greatly aid in the investigation of accidents.

For those interested, the study on ADS-B benefits can be downloaded directly from the Flight Safety Foundation’s website. You will, however, need to provide them with a name and valid e-mail to download the report.

As pilots prepare to meet the coming ADS-B requirements, don’t forget about the rebates. Both the FAA and FreeFlight Systems are offering ADS-B rebates to help general aviation pilots offset the cost of installing the new system.

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