FAA Considers Broadening ADS-B Traffic Output

The proliferation of low-cost portable automatic-dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) “in”-systems in the general aviation fleet has prompted the FAA to reconsider how it disseminates traffic information from its now-completed ADS-B ground infrastructure.

Bob Nichols, head of the FAA’s Surveillance and Broadcast Services office, told Aviation Week last week that the agency is investigating whether it might begin openly broadcasting secondary-surveillance radar (SSR) information on the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) link that the portables receive.

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