ADS-B Installation and ADS-B Mandate in and Around Michigan

ADS-B Mandate

The FAA has mandated ADS-B Out by 2020 on all aircraft operating in current Mode-C airspace. While 2020 may sound far away, it’s never too early to get your aircraft up-to-date with ADS-B installation. In fact, the ADS-B ground infrastructure is already in place, and ADS-B installation is a significant investment that many aircraft owners will want to prepare for in advance. As your Michigan avionics experts, Top Flight can provide you with the ADS-B installation your aircraft needs to meet all ADS-B Mandate requirements.


What is ADS-B?

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast, or ADS-B, is the latest state-of-the-art system for air traffic surveillance. Each aircraft installed with ADS-B equipment broadcasts its own GPS position, as well as its heading, altitude, ground track and ground speed. Ground receivers receive this data and transmit it to air traffic control displays. This information can also be received by other nearby aircraft with ADS-B In capabilities and displayed on a MFD (multi-function display).


There are many advantages to the ADS-B system, as it allows air traffic controllers to improve separation services and provide continuous descent approaches. For those piloting an ADS-B In equipped aircraft, the benefits include better situational awareness and more efficient and calculated traffic avoidance.


Equipment Requirements

At Top Flight, we are pleased to meet your ADS-B Mandate equipment requirements at the best value. ADS-B Out aircrafts need a special transponder that is DO-260-B-compliant. While this transponder works on the same 1090-MHz frequency as mode-S transponders, it has the ability to send an extra 56 bits of information, also known as extended-squitter capabilities. The aircraft’s GPS needs to be compliant with TSO (Technical Standard Order), C146C. In addition, annunciators are required in order to alert pilots when the ADS-B capabilities or the transponder fail and a radio tuning unit is required so that the pilot can turn off the ADS-B extended-squitter function when necessary.


As the U.S. ADS-B Mandate deadline approaches, the demand for installation service increases. In order to ensure your aircraft is compliant, we recommend you schedule your ADS-B installation service at your earliest convenience. At Top Flight, we have the resources and expertise to perform all ADS-B installations, both Out and In.

Whether you are in Pontiac, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Detroit, MI or the surrounding areas, Top Flight is at your service! Contact our Southeast Michigan avionics experts today, and let us put our expertise to work for you!