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    Posted: 24 Jun 2010 at 9:23am

This AvidyneLive topic addresses frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the ADS-B and Avidyne TAS600 and TAS600A series of traffic sensors. Please post any additional questions about the TAS600 traffic sensors or ADS-B here and I will be happy to answer them as best I can.

What is ADS-B?

ADS-B or Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast, is a system for air traffic surveillance.  With ADS-B, each aircraft broadcasts its own GPS position along with other information like heading, ground track, ground speed, altitude.  Receivers on the ground then receive this information and send it to air traffic control displays.  The ADS-B information can be used to augment existing primary and secondary (transponder-based) radar or used in lieu of those radar technologies.   Aircraft that broadcast this information are considered to be equipped with ADS-B Out.

The information broadcast by each aircraft can also be received by other nearby aircraft and that information can be displayed on a traffic display such as a multi-function display (MFD).  Aircraft that can receive ADS-B information have ADS-B In.

The ADS-B information used by air traffic controllers will allow improved separation services along with additional future applications such as continuous descent approaches.  ADS-B information in the cockpit will allow better situational awareness and traffic avoidance along with future applications such as self-separation.

Ground vehicles on airports will also be equipped with at least ADS-B Out to help prevent runway incursions.

What is the difference between ADS-B In and Out?

ADS-B Out systems automatically broadcast an aircraft’s (or ground vehicle’s) GPS position about every second.  ADS-B In systems receive those broadcasts from other air and ground vehicles along with from FAA ground stations.  The ground station data can include other traffic information along with weather and NOTAM information.  The data received with an ADS-B In system is dependent on the ADS-B link and the capabilities of the receiver.  Some ADS-B systems do both ADS-B In and Out.

What is the FAA mandate for ADS-B?

The FAA has mandated ADS-B Out by 2020 on all aircraft operating in current Mode-C airspace (Around class B and C airspace along with above 10,000 ft).  The mandate allows either 1090-ES or UAT ADS-B Out on aircraft.  The 1090-ES link is required for aircraft that fly above FL180. http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/recently_published/media/29305.pdf

The FAA and their contractor, ITT, are on track to have the entire ADS-B ground infrastructure in place by 2013, 7 years before the mandate.  This ground infrastructure is already available for most of the East coast and supports TIS-B, ADS-R, and FIS-B along with sending ADS-B information to ATC.  http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/enroute/surveillance_broadcast/coverage/

What ADS-B mandates are in Europe?

The European Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2009 that would mandate 1090-ES ADS-B Out after February 5, 2015 for aircraft over 12,500 lbs or cruise speed greater than 250 kts.  Europe chose 1090-ES since it works with their existing Mode-S Elementary Surveillance (ELS) and Enhanced Surveillance (EHS) mandates.  http://www.ainonline.com/news/single-news-page/article/europe-to-mandate-ads-b-five-years-ahead-of-faa-19715/

What is the difference between 1090-ES and UAT ADS-B?

The FAA mandate supports two technologies for ADS-B, 1090 MHz Extended Squitter (1090-ES) and Universal Access Transceiver (UAT).  1090-ES uses the same frequency used by Mode-S transponders and includes the ADS-B information as extra data on the Mode-S transponder transmissions, hence the ‘extended squitter’ name.  UAT uses the 978 MHz frequency that has been reserved for ADS-B.  Since there is a difference in frequencies between the two technologies, UAT receivers cannot receive 1090-ES ADS-B transmissions and 1090-ES receivers cannot receive UAT transmissions.

The ADS-B ground stations will re-transmit the information on the opposite link so that all aircraft can be seen on cockpit traffic displays.  This is known as ADS-R, R for rebroadcast.

The UAT technology also allows additional information to be uplinked to aircraft from ground stations through FIS-B (Flight Information System – Broadcast).  This information includes weather and TFR information similar to the information already provided by XM or Sirius/WSI.

What is FIS-B?

FIS-B stands for Flight Information System – Broadcast and is only available with UAT link ADS-B In.  When in range of a ground station, weather and NOTAM information can be received by a UAT receiver and displayed in the cockpit on a MFD or EFB.  The following data is currently available: AIRMETs, SIGMETs, METARs, NEXRAD, NOTAMs, TFRs, PIREPs, SUA Status, TAFs, and Winds/Temps Aloft.  This data is similar to information already provided by XM or Sirius/WSI, however the update rate is faster with FIS-B, but the geographical coverage area is much smaller.   For example at low altitudes, only 150nm of NEXRAD is available and 250nm of METAR, TAF, and AIRMET data.  Additionally at remote airports, no data may be available on the surface.

What is TIS-B?

TIS-B stands for Traffic Information System – Broadcast and involves ADS-B ground stations sending Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) targets to aircraft with ADS-B In.  TIS-B targets will be updated at least every 2 seconds on the surface, 6 seconds in the terminal area, and 12.1 seconds in the en-route airspace.

What is ADS-R?

ADS-R stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Re-broadcast and involves ADS-B ground stations repeating ADS-B messages from one link (1090-ES or UAT) to the other link for aircraft with ADS-B In.  ADS-R targets will be updated at least every 2 seconds on the surface, 5 seconds in the terminal area, and 10 seconds in the en-route airspace.

How is ADS-B different from TAS?

TAS systems, which must meet TSO-C147, are on-board, active-surveillance Traffic Advisory Systems that independently interrogate nearby transponder-equipped aircraft and determine bearing and range from the replies.

ADS-B is dependent upon aircraft broadcasting their GPS positions to other aircraft.  To see other aircraft, they must be broadcasting ADS-B Out messages and you must be equipped with ADS-B In to receive those messages.  ADS-B is dependent on other aircraft having being equipped to support ADS-B Out.

How is TAS different from TCAS?

There are two types of TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System), TCAS I and TCAS II.  TAS systems are almost identical to TSO-C118 TCAS I systems, in fact they use the same set of requirements or Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS).  Both systems actively interrogate nearby Mode A, C, and S transponders and issue Traffic Alerts (TAs – “Traffic, Traffic”).  The difference is that TCAS I systems have a 1030 MHz receiver that can detect the number of nearby TCAS systems and thus send a more powerful interrogation when fewer aircraft are nearby.  TCAS II systems go beyond TCAS I systems in that they require dual Mode-S transponders, they can coordinate with other Mode-S transponders on other aircraft and they can issue Resolution Advisories (RAs – “Climb, Climb”).

Why is an Active Traffic System like the Avidyne TAS600 Series still important in an ADS-B environment?

Active Traffic Systems (including TAS and TCAS) use Mode-A, C, or S transponder interrogations to determine aircraft bearing and distance.  Altitude is determined by reported Mode-C altitude.  After the ADS-B mandate, aircraft will still be required to have a Mode-C or S transponder in airspace where it is currently required, thus Active Traffic Systems will continue to function.

Active Traffic Systems are valuable for three reasons in an ADS-B environment.   First, during the initial equipage period (through 2020) not all aircraft will have ADS-B.  Thus without an Active Traffic System, those unequipped aircraft would not be displayed on a cockpit traffic display even if you had ADS-B In.  Second, since the FAA mandate allows both 1090-ES and UAT ADS-B technologies, if the ADS-R system is not functional or you are out of range of a ground station, the ADS-B In will not display aircraft of the opposite type.  An Active Traffic System will display all aircraft independent of the type of ADS-B Out since all aircraft will still be required to have a Mode-C or Mode-S transponder.  Third, ADS-B is dependent on GPS signals, so during periods of poor satellite geometry or solar storms, GPS position and thus ADS-B will not be available.  The FAA is keeping ATC radars as a backup and an Active Traffic System can act as a backup to ADS-B in the cockpit.

Do Avidyne TAS600 series of traffic systems support ADS-B?

Avidyne is currently developing an ADS-B In upgrade to the TAS600 series of traffic systems.  Ryan 9900BX, TAS600, TAS610, and TAS620 owners can lock in a $2,000 upgrade price for ADS-B In simply by registering at http://www.avidyne.com/landing/tas600-adsb.asp.

What is the ADS-B upgrade plan for the TAS600 series of traffic systems?

Avidyne is planning on making an upgrade available to the TAS600 series of traffic systems to make them able to display traffic from 1090-ES equipped ADS-B Out aircraft.  This upgrade will turn the TAS600 series unit into a TAS600A series unit. Owners can lock in a $2,000 price for this ADS-B In upgrade by registering at http://www.avidyne.com/landing/tas600-adsb.asp.

How much will the ADS-B upgrade cost?

The upgrade is expected to cost at least $2,000.  However before the end of 2010, owners can lock in a $2,000 upgrade price by registering at http://www.avidyne.com/landing/tas600-adsb.asp.

Will I be able to buy an ADS-B equipped TAS600 series traffic system?

Yes.  Avidyne is going to offer TAS600A, TAS610A, and TAS620A traffic systems.  Availability and pricing has not been announced yet.  See http://www.avidyne.com/products/tas600a/index.asp for more information.

What will I get with ADS-B In support in my TAS?

ADS-B In support in the TAS will allow the TAS to receive ADS-B information from 1090-ES equipped ADS-B Out aircraft.  It will still also display traffic information from Mode-A, C, and S transponders.  The range for receiving ADS-B information is larger than can be used for active traffic interrogations, increasing the effective range of the TAS for ADS-B In.  The ADS-B position will also be used to enhance the accuracy of the bearing and range to a target.

The TAS also will receive the additional information provided by ADS-B (heading, track, on-ground status, etc) and provide this information to compatible traffic displays.  The MFD or other display must be updated to take advantage of this additional information.

Will the TAS600A allow me to comply with the FAA mandate?

No, you must equip with an ADS-B Out system to be compliant with the FAA ADS-B mandate.

What is Avidyne’s plan for ADS-B Out?

Avidyne has been watching the developments in ADS-B rule making very closely, and now that the rules are fully defined, we are able to continue forward with our plans for supporting ADS-B Out.  You can expect that Avidyne will bring innovative ADS-B technologies to the GA community at affordable prices in order to further our goal of aviation safety.

What should I do now about getting my airplane equipped for ADS-B?

First if you have an Avidyne TAS system, Avidyne recommends signing up for the TAS600A upgrade now to lock in the price and in order to get ADS-B In benefits as soon as possible.  With respect to ADS-B Out, there are two major reasons for waiting to equip.  First, as of this post, there are no products currently on the market which meet the FAA’s mandate for TSO-C166b (1090-ES) or TSO-C154c (UAT).  These TSOs are based on RTCA MOPS that were not published until late 2009, and thus no existing ADS-B manufacturers have created compliant systems.  Second, as more manufacturers enter the market, the prices of ADS-B systems are expected to drop significantly.  Just as panel mounted GPS systems evolved rapidly in the first 10 years of being on the market, with increasing features at reduced prices, similar trends are to be expected with ADS-B systems before 2020. 


Do you have more questions?   Please post them below.

Ted Lester, Product Manager

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There were a few questions related to ADS-B that came up in Wednesday's webinar that I didn't have immediate answers.  For everyone's information here they are.

Does the FIS-B weather use base reflectivity or composite reflectivity for the NEXRAD product?
I checked with WSI, the weather provider for FIS-B and they provide composite reflectivity for FIS-B.

Why are primary radar targets not passed via TIS-B to pilots?
I talked with ITT about this.  It comes down the classic engineering trade-off of cost and complexity versus benefits.  Adding primary radar targets to the system would increase the ADS-B ground system's cost and complexity.  It would also provide limited information to pilots, especially in ADS-B rule airspace where users must equip with ADS-B by 2020.  Outside of ADS-B rule airspace there will be little to no ADS-B ground station (or radar) coverage.  So everyone's going to have to keep those Mk I eyeballs in working order to maintain vigilance against aircraft without transponders or ADS-B.

Can you please post the webinar slides online?

I'm also doing repeat of the webinar on January 12 at 12pm EST.  Sign up here: http://www.avidyne.com/support/webinars/adsb.asp


Edited by FlyingLester - 09 Nov 2010 at 8:43am
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I currently have a Mode C transponder coupled to my TAS 600.  I assume that eventually I will need a Mode S transponder.  Will I need a Mode S transponder to upgrade to a TAS 600A?  If not, when will I need a Mode S transponder?  Also, would there be an advantage, costwise, to upgrading to a TAS615 when upgrading to a TAS 600A?  I would like to upgrade to a TAS 615, but only if it will give me the advantages of ADS-B in at the same time.
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Good question sonecdave.  Eventually (by 2020), you will need ADS-B out.  This can be achieved either through replacing your Mode-C transponder with a Mode-S Transponder with Extended Squitter (ADS-B Out) or by adding a UAT ADS-B Out system to your aircraft, leaving in the Mode-C transponder.  It is unclear which option will be cheaper at this point since there are no rule-compliant ADS-B out systems available for GA right now.  

Avidyne is hoping to certify the TAS600A series so that it doesn't require an installed ADS-B Out system.  However, not all ADS-B In functions will work without a ADS-B Out system.  

To answer your second question, yes, Avidyne will provide upgrade paths to not only add ADS-B In to your TAS system, but we will also be providing a means for owners to upgrade to higher performing systems at the same time.  Right now, customers can upgrade a TAS600 to a TAS615.
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What physical avionics component will I have to install in my aircraft to transmit ADS-B OUT (UAT)? I was thinking that all ADS-B OUT would be transmitted by the Transponder (either Mode C or Mode S), but it sounds now like I will need an additional piece of equipment for UAT.
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John,

You have two choices for ADS-B out if you fly below FL180 in the US: UAT or 1090ES.  

First, you could do UAT.  With UAT, you would need a WAAS GPS position source and a UAT transmitter or transceiver box.  This UAT box could either be connected through an antenna coupler to your existing transponder antenna or you could install a new antenna for UAT.  If you went with UAT, no changes would be required to your Mode-C or Mode-S transponder.  

The second choice is 1090 MHz Extended Squitter (1090ES).  The FAA is requiring 1090ES above FL180 and a few other countries are considering mandating 1090ES in certain airspace.  1090ES transmitters must be part of a Mode-S transponder and can reuse your existing transponder antenna.   So to equip with 1090ES you would need a WAAS GPS position source and a new or upgraded Mode-S transponder to replace your existing transponder.  This may be a simpler installation than UAT.

In either case, the market has yet to develop for options, so it is a little early to pick once choice since prices are likely to come down as more competition enters the market over the next few years.

Hopefully this answers your question.

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Ted,

I would like to just make a comment. I think I'm like most owner/operators out there and I will not upgrade to ADSB-out until absolutely have to; or if I experience an equipment failure before 2020.  This is because I don’t get any increase functionality for the increase cost. Then when I do upgrade, I'll be looking what gives me the most useful information in the cockpit.  Even though traffic avoidance will increase the level of safety, I would consider that more of a nice to have and I would prioritize FIS-B (weather) information higher than traffic avoidance for usefulness. Weather in the cockpit will change my behavior more than anything else.  If I could get weather on my GPS navigator (540), I might upgrade earlier than the mandate.

 
 

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Thanks for your comment Tony.  We are considering a few different ways to get FIS-B weather in the cockpit.  The FAA is providing the FIS-B service as an incentive for people to equip with ADS-B Out sooner than the mandate, and as you state, providing weather in the cockpit at a reasonable price may change owners' behavior.
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Hi Ted,

Any update on the availability of the ADSB upgrade?
Will there be any way to determine if the target is received via ADSB or Legacy?

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What is the current developmental status of the ads-b upgrade program for the TAS 600?
I signed up when the $2,000.00 program upgrade was first offered and have not heard a peep
from Avidyne regarding progress to this end. Please advise.

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Avidyne expects to begin shipping upgrades early in Q1 2013, at which time, the $2K will be owed.  In addition to working hard to complete the development of the TAS ADS-B upgrade, Avidyne is also playing a key role in developing the standards for ADS-B traffic alerting systems.  Our active presence in the standards development community helps us to assure that the upgrades we offer our customers will meet their expectations for long-term compatibility with the next generation of surveillance technology.
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Is Avidyne planning on developing an ADS-B transceiver (such as the GDL 88) that will work with the IFD 540?
 
I realize that is not as beneficial as an active traffic solution with ADS-B but my avionics budget has been spent on the IFD 540.
 
I would really like to be able to take advantage of the large display of the IFD 540 for the traffic and weather available via ADS-B.
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Avidyne considers ADS-B an essential part of the next generation airspace and plans to support ADS-B technology in a major way, including the ability to display ADS-B traffic and weather data on the IFD540 and IFD440 products.
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Any update on how this is getting on yet? I've subscribed to the upgrade some time ago, but it's all been very quiet for a while ....
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It had slowed down a little while we focused on IFD540 but the team is piling back on this project now that they are coming off of IFD540.

I think you should plan on a late Q4 2014 availability for the TAS-A.
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Thanks - that will fit for me, being a 'Month 7' for a 540/440, so that should be the 'in' sorted.  Looking forward the news in the interim what can be done with a 330ES for the 'out' part
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