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Is ADS-B going to be a big problem for small aircraft?

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John Owens
#1 Posted: 1/26/2011 15:33:45 Modified: 1/26/2011 18:20:37

 I watched a video about ADS-B, I looked into it a little, it looks to me like it might be a huge problem to homebuilt or older aircraft often owned by many members.  From what I gather it looks like this would price most small aircraft out of the reach for most people, and the upgrade costs might ground most small aircraft.  The price of the ADS-B equipment is only part of the cost, it seems you need a high end transponder and high end GPS to allow it to work.  Am I missing something here?




Nick Myers
#2 Posted: 1/27/2011 08:19:58 Modified: 1/27/2011 08:20:17

I expect that minimum GA requirements can be met with a small box (which has a built in GPS module) and possibly a different transponder, for a total of a few thousand dollars.  However, as you point out, even that could be significant to us in the low-cost-flying category.

Unfortunately these "minimal spec" solutions do not provide the user with any added benefits.  To take full advantage of ADSB, you will need some way to display it, the associated WX, etc.  That will tack on a lot more money.

I am of the opinion/mindset that if I am going to shell out a few thousand dollars, I should see some kind of benefit/improvement.  Unfortunately that won't be the case with the minimal install.  Fortunately I believe there are companies that are working on lower cost solutions for the little guy, and that is probably what I would use.

What I would like to see is a minimum-spec box, that is capable of interfacing via blue-tooth or something to an iphone or ipad to display the traffic and wx info.  That way I don't have to mount expensive displays and what not.  We'll see if that happens soon enough.

Jerry Rosie
Young Eagles Pilot or Volunteer
#3 Posted: 1/27/2011 09:31:47

All that, and it will be a major 'upgrade' for all non-electric airplanes....

Cheers, Jerry NC22375 out of 07N
Bill Berson
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#4 Posted: 1/27/2011 11:15:07

I hope someone sells a handheld ADS-B unit.

Mike Edwards
Vintage Aircraft Association MemberYoung Eagles Pilot or Volunteer
#5 Posted: 1/27/2011 13:03:40
Jerry Rosie wrote:


All that, and it will be a major 'upgrade' for all non-electric airplanes....

 My understanding is that, if your non-electric airplane doesn't have a transponder, and you don't fly anywhere you currently need one, then you won't need to install ADS-B either.  Am I missing something?

Frank Giger
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#6 Posted: 1/28/2011 07:59:12

Oh, heck, and here I am debating on whether or not to put a radio in the plane I'm building....biggrin

(Yeah, a little hand held job, actually)