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ADS-B Implementation Forum Scheduled for Heli-Expo 2015

By Staff Writer | February 4, 2015
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HAI and the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate will jointly host a forum on Tuesday, March 3, during HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 on the ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) equipage mandate. The FAA has set a 2020 deadline for virtually all aircraft operating in the National Airspace System to equip with ADS-B Out.

Despite the challenging deadline — at a recent Industry/Government Forum hosted by HAI, an FAA official noted that six helicopters would have to be equipped and certified every day to meet the deadline — HAI and the FAA believe there may be creative solutions to the challenge. And they want HAI member input.

The forum will be held on in Room S210B of the Orange County Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3. Operators, manufacturers and installers are all welcome.


ADS-B is the backbone of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Traffic System, or NextGen. Properly equipped aircraft broadcast their GPS-derived position and altitude every second to air traffic controllers (ADS-B Out). An aircraft that is equipped for ADS-B In as well can also receive position information and other information services, such as weather, on in-cockpit displays that enhance pilot situational awareness. Currently, the FAA mandate is only that aircraft equip to transmit their position (ADS-B Out).

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