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Mike Whitaker: FAA, Industry Form Working Group on ADS-B Avionics Integration

Michael Whitaker
Michael Whitaker

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.

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