Why Private Jet Owners Should Not Wait Until The Deadline To Adhere To The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Mandate
A new technology known as ADS-B will be required on all planes that fly in Class A, B, and C airspace. The Mandate requires those planes to be fitted with this technology by January 1st, 2020. The automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast technology significantly advances the ability to track aircraft and can even be used from plane to plane to prevent one from coming into the others airspace. This technology does not require any type of assistance from the pilot or technicians and works automatically.
Benefits Of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Technology
1. Automatic Transmission Of Flight Information
This technology will be able to send out flight information that is easily readable. This information can give details of any flight restrictions that are in place. It also gives other important data that can be read by air traffic controllers.
2. Cheaper To Use
Not only does this technology not need to be manually manipulated but the ground stations are considerably less expensive to install than other radar systems. The technology is easier to maintain and transmits the information it has automatically.
The system is capable of monitoring weather systems and automatically reporting them. These reports will come, in part, from the weather radar that's built into the system.
4. Air Traffic Information
The most important part of this technology is its ability to automatically report on air traffic. It can do so to the air traffic controller as well as directly from plane to plane. This lets both air traffic control and the pilot know important information such as the heading of surrounding aircraft, their altitude, their distance, and their speed.
Improves The Visibility Of The Aircraft
Air Traffic Control will be able to see the plane more visibly with this technology. It also means that the controller and the pilot will see exactly the same thing on radar. This helps to better ensure that there is no conflict within the airspace. With the technology that has previously been used, the aircraft could only see other planes that had the same technology.
There are some areas of airspace where radar coverage is minimal and this technology will improve the information available for those areas. The position of the plane and other nearby planes surrounding it is updated every second. This helps the pilot to avoid collisions with other aircraft. It also gives important information for the runway and for making the final approach.
Many private jet owners feel that there is plenty of time to adhere to the mandate since there is more than a year-and-a-half before it's required. But there are currently as many as 10,000 planes that will need to be equipped and that means that hundreds of planes a month need to be serviced and if everyone waits it will create a bottleneck. This has already happened more than once in the past with FAA mandates.
Others want to wait because they think that there might be a drop in prices. But the reality is that as the deadline gets closer and the demand gets higher it is likely that prices will go up. When everyone is waiting to have the upgrade made to their plane then the service companies are able to charge whatever they want.