WHAT EQUIP­MENT WILL I NEED?

Flying - - TAKING WING -

This is where most of the con­fu­sion about the ADS-B man­date arises, but re­ally it’s not that com­pli­cated. If you never fly in the flight lev­els or in­ter­na­tion­ally, you can get by with a uni­ver­sal-ac­cess trans­ceiver broad­cast­ing over the 978 MHz link, which is the same feed that trans­mits sub­scrip­tion-free weather and traf­fic data to prop­erly equipped air­planes. If you fly at FL 180 or above, or out­side the United States, you’ll need a 1090 MHz ex­tended squit­ter unit. Both op­tions are rule-com­pli­ant ADS-B Out so­lu­tions. You’ll also need a WAAS GPS re­ceiver. If you also want to re­ceive sub­scrip­tion-free weather and traf­fic in­for­ma­tion, you’ll need ADS-B In ca­pa­bil­ity, which is built into many rule-com­pli­ant units or could be gained from an ADS-B por­ta­ble de­vice, such as the Stra­tus 2S from Sporty’s and Ap­pareo or XGPS170D from Dual.

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