Avionics Report

July 2013 Issue

Buying ADS-B Now: Should You Bother?

Lots of owners are asking that very question. While there are benefits to buying mandate-ready ADS-B now, there may be more in waiting.

The avionics industry gets big props for producing sophisticated, ever-more-capable products, but lately they’ve excelled at producing something else: confusion. The veritable gusher of portable ADS-B products that appeared last spring has devolved an already chaotic market into a state of utter confusion that even we have trouble sorting out. To be fair, the FAA is to blame for proposing an ADS-B system that only Rube Goldberg could love and maybe not even him. So it’s time to ask of ADS-B—as many readers are—what’s in it for me? Why should I buy this technology and when?

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