Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) is a precise satellite-based surveillance system. ADS-B Out uses GPS technology to determine an aircraft's location, airspeed and other data, and broadcasts that information to a network of ground stations, which relays the data to air traffic control displays and to nearby aircraft equipped to receive the data via ADS-B In. Operators of aircraft equipped with ADS-B In can receive weather and traffic position information delivered directly to the cockpit.
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ADS-B Broadcast Services
03:52 | July 31, 2014
An informational video aimed at providing GA pilots with essential information about the benefits of ADS-B Broadcast Services.
NextGen Works for JetBlue
02:42 | May 22, 2014
JetBlue's Joe Bertapelle describes how the airline benefits from ADS-B.
ADS-B in the Gulf of Mexico
04:49 | March 8, 2010
This video shows the impact that ADS-B technology has on operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
Aviation Rulemaking Committee Documents
- ADS-B In ARC Letter to FAA-November 2012
- ADS-B In ARC Report-October 2012
- ADS-B In ARC Report-September 2011 (PDF)
- ADS-B In ARC Charter
- ADS-B ARC Report-September 2008 (PDF)
- ADS-B Final Rule (PDF)
- ADS-B In-Trail Procedures (ITP) Operational Benefits Report
- Human Factors Considerations for ADS-B In-Trail Procedure
- Cockpit Display of Traffic Information (CDTI) Assisted Visual Separation (CAVS) Benefits Analysis
- ADS-B Avionics Status
- FIS-B Equipment TSO-C157B
- TIS-B Service Changes
- A153 Application Checklist
- Airworthiness Approval AC 20-165B
- Airworthiness Approval AC 20-172B
- FAA AC 90-114A, Change 1 (ADS-B Operations)
- ADS-B Avionics Technical Standard Order TSO-C195b
- Traffic Awareness Beacon System (TABS) TSO C199
- 978Mhz Technical Standard Order TSO-C154c
- 1090Mhz Technical Standard Order TSO-C166b
- 14 CFR 91.225
- 14 CFR 91.227
- Vehicle Transmitter Maps
- Information for Operators (InFO) 16003, Exemption 12555 Process
NextGen Transformational and Supporting Programs
- Collaborative Air Traffic Management Technologies (CATMT) is a suite of enhancements to the decision-support and data-sharing tools used by air traffic management personnel. These enhancements will enable a more collaborative environment among controllers and operators, improving efficiency in the National Airspace System.
- Data Communications (Data Comm) will enable controllers to send digital instructions and clearances to pilots. Precise visual messages that appear on a cockpit display can interact with an aircraft's flight computer. Offering reduced opportunities for error, Data Comm will supplant voice communications as the primary means of communication between controllers and flight crews.
- National Airspace System Voice System (NVS) will supplant FAA's aging analog voice communication system with state-of-the-art digital technology. NVS will standardize the voice communication infrastructure among FAA facilities, and provide greater flexibility to the air traffic control system.
- NextGen Weather will help reduce weather impact by producing and delivering tailored aviation weather products via SWIM, helping controllers and operators develop reliable flight plans, make better decisions, and improve on-time performance. NextGen Weather is accomplished through collaboration between FAA, NOAA and NASA.
- System Wide Information Management (SWIM) is the network structure that will carry NextGen digital information. SWIM will enable cost-effective, real-time data exchange and sharing among users of the National Airspace System.