FAA Sets ADS-B Standards

 - December 23, 2009, 6:29 AM

The FAA finalized the industry-wide technical standard orders (TSOs) for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), the backbone of NextGen. ADS-B will migrate the existing radar surveillance infrastructure from the ground to an aircraft and ground-based system. With the new standard in place, avionics manufacturers can design and build in-aircraft ADS-B equipment needed for NextGen. “As we shift from the planning to implementation stages of NextGen, it is even more critical that we move forward with FAA reauthorization and the discussion over the role of federal funding for onboard avionics equipage,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “Equipment incentives are essential for achieving NextGen capacity, environmental and efficiency benefits at an earlier date.”