ADS-B Ground Support to be ready in 2014, according to FAA
According to FAA officials the ground infrastructure for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) will be ready for operations in the U.S. in 2014. The entire nation is expected to be covered by more than 700 ADS-B ground radio stations. Currently there are more than 500 ADS-B ground radio stations deployed across the U.S.
The difficulties the agency faces in deploying ADS-B due to its budget uncertainties is largely an outcome of the recently implemented sequester, according to FAAs top official.
Ultimately, ADS-B will be an enabler of modernized air traffic control procedures that will provide very significant increases in the efficiency and capacity of NAS terminal airspace" said John Kefaliotis, vice president of Next Generation Air Transportation at ITT. ITT Exelis is in charge for providing the ADS-B ground infrastructure for FAA.
Last 2010, ex-FAA Administrator Randy Babbit targeted 2013 for the complete nationwide rollout of ADS-B ground stations. Both private and commercial operators have been cautious to undergo ADS-B equipage as they wait for the government to provide infrastructure needed to support ADS-B.
On the other hand, there are current private and commercial aircraft that are equipped with ADS-B, thus allowing FAA to test functionality and give the operators an idea about what benefits will result from their 2020 mandate for aircraft ADS-B out equipage.
The NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) conducts meetings throughout the year to allow government and industry stakeholders to create funding, policy and procedure situations that help to deploy all the components of NextGen.
FAA requirements for Aircraft Avionics test equipment
FAA requires certificated individuals who maintain airborne avionics systems to have test equipment suitable to perform that maintenance. The repair station technician must make sure that the test equipment used for such maintenance is the equipment called for by the manufacturer or equivalent. The test equipment must be capable of performing all normal tests and checking all parameters of the equipment under test. It is therefore crucial to do your homework when choosing the test equipment to purchase for your shop. You can download AC 43.13.1B Chapter 12 Sec 5 - Avionics Test Equipment here.