The Federal Aviation Administration and the aviation industry have created a working group to address potential barriers aircraft operators could face when they install automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast technology.
The FAA said Tuesday the Equip 2020 organization aims to help industry comply with a federal policy that requires all planes operating in controlled airspace to be equipped with ADS-B Out avionics by 2020 as part of the agency’s NextGen program.
Marke Gibson, a retired military general and executive director of the NextGen Institute, will lead the working group.
“This is an important milestone for a core NextGen technology that will revolutionize the national airspace system by providing a more accurate view of aircraft location, increasing safety and efficiency,” said Mike Whitaker, FAA deputy administrator.
The agency has finished work to install ADS-B ground infrastructure that designed to track national airspace through a satellite-based GPS system.
The FAA cites GPS receiver modernization costs, certification procedures and repair station availability as issues in the ADS-B transition initiative.