January 2013 Issue

Which Traffic Now? ADS-B a Worthy Option

ADS-B traffic is closing in on active TAS reliability at a cheaper buy-in. We think semi-portable solutions make sense for some.

For those shopping for a traffic system upgrade, the selection has never been more complicated. Judging by the frequent calls and letters we get from confused buyers, it’s ADS-B that’s creating the confusion. The buying decision might be easier once you understand the theory behind ADS-B traffic and in particular, its limitations. You’ll also need to assess your flying mission and decide if the growing ADS-B system suits your mission better than active traffic alerting, known as TAS.

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