Bias or Progress?
Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. --Sydney J. Harris
Change before you have to. --Jack Welch
It’s a funny thing. Since aviation is one of the most dynamic industries on the planet, you’d think that those of us in aviation should be more open to adopting and assimilating technological changes such as ADS-B. If you are among those still fighting status quo bias when it comes to ADS-B, it might help to remember that everything now familiar was once “new.” It wasn’t that long ago that pilots accustomed to navigating with the Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) and Automatic Direction Finder (ADF) were grousing about the quirks and complexities of Very High Frequency Omni-directional Range (VOR) technology. Today, of course, VOR navigation is literally losing ground to satellite-based GPS navigation.
Once you have accepted the inevitability of ADS-B, the next step is to get acquainted with this technology. As with any technology, the more you learn about ADS-B, the less you fear and the more you want its benefits. That’s why we have devoted the first 2019 issue of FAA Safety Briefing to help you get more comfortable not only with the requirements and the technology, but also with the many options you now have and the FAA resources available at no cost. Topics we cover in this issue include a review of ADS-B benefits, an updated look at equipment options, applications for the LSA and experimental markets, and how to find the online approved equipment list.
If you already have equipped with ADS-B — thank you for that! — there is still plenty of information in this issue that you can use. We’ll take a look at challenges such as “non-performing emitters” and ways to avoid the dreaded “call sign mismatch,” as well as resources for checking that your equipment is transmitting as it should.
So join us for this “countdown to ADS-B” issue of FAA Safety Briefing. We’ll be addressing this topic throughout 2019, and we’ll be interested to hear of your experiences in acquiring and using this important piece of progress toward a higher level of aviation safety.
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