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ADS-B on the Horizon

By: The CTS Team   •  

The constant evolution of flight technology means that flight now is safer than ever, and the FAA is taking advantage of those technological advances to ensure everyone's making good use of those new safety measures. ADS-B is one of the newer pieces of safety technology available to us. ADS-B, or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, provides a safer and more efficient alternative to radar in preventing collisions and efficiently controlling and monitoring air traffic.

  • Automatic: works in the background
  • Dependent: full functionality requires other aircraft to be ADS-B equipped
  • Surveillance: accurately track and display aircraft
  • Broadcast: aircraft broadcast their position and velocity

By 2020, the FAA has mandated that all aircraft operating in US airspace currently requiring a transponder to be equipped with at least ADS-B Out. Some countries already impose ADS-B requirements, including the following:


  • Aircraft operating at or above FL 290 must be equipped with 1090ES ADS-B Out
  • Aircraft operating in Class A, C, or E airspace extending 500 nm to the north and east of Perth Airport must be ADS-B Out capable by February 4, 2016
  • Beginning February 2, 2017, all IFR flights, at all flight levels, must be ADS-B-equipped


  • No current mandate; however, it is on the horizon. All aircraft with an airworthiness certificate issued on or after January 8, 2016 and conducting IFR flights with a Maximum Takeoff Weight of 5,700 kilograms (12,566 lbs.) or greater or a maximum cruising true airspeed of greater than 250 knots true must be ADS-B equipped by January 8, 2016
  • Beginning June 7, 2020, all aircraft meeting the noted weights/speeds will be required to be ADS-B equipped

Hong Kong

  • All aircraft flying along PBN routes L642 or M771 at or above FL290 need to be installed with 1090ES ADS-B Out


  • Aircraft operating on select airways within the Singapore FIR at FL290 or above will need to have 1090ES ADS-B Out and operational approval from the State of Registry


Here at CTS, we want to do our part to ensure this transition happens smoothly, and for us, that means providing the necessary training. In the next few months, we will be introducing a new ADS-B course including an interactive tutorial, lessons, and an exam covering system description, operations, procedures, CAVS, in-trail procedures, and human factor considerations. Our training is perfect for any pilot who will be using ADS-B, and meets the training requirements outlined in AC 90-114 and the guidance in 8900.1.

All courses are designed for online delivery and can be taken anywhere, anytime, as long as Internet access is available. All subjects can be purchased as standalone courses, or as part of a training package.

If you're interested in adding ADS-B to your training program or perhaps adding ADS-B to a complete training package, give us a call at 316-265-1585 for more information. You can also take a look at our extensive library of other training subjects by clicking here, to find the training package that best suits your needs. We look forward to hearing from you.