I’ve been to quite a few seminars on the FAA’s mandate to add ADS-B to cockpits by the start of 2020. Some of them have even been worth going to.
I’ve also been in what is now probably hundreds of conversations with pilots and aircraft owners. There is much grumbling about this requirement that’s been coming down the pike for years.
But let’s talk about some practical applications for planes in flight.
My son Caleb and I flew a 6 hours round trip for business last week to the Washington DC area. It’s quite a bit more busy airspace than our home airport in Asheville NC.
Good pilots use all of the available tools applicable to any situation. Our club aircraft all have ADS-B in and out to the panel, and I fly with an iPad and home built Stratux as my secondary system.
And since Foreflight makes it so easy, I even filed and opened a flight plan which makes picking up Flight following even easier because they already have most of what they need.
On the way North there isn’t much in the way of air traffic for the first 90 minutes or so. Even radar coverage is ...