On Dec. 2, the Federal Aviation Administration revised Technical Standard Order C-166 for 1090 MHz extended squitter automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and traffic information services-broadcast (TIS-B), as well as TSO C-154 for universal access transceiver (UAT) ADS-B.
The ADS-B system is a crucial component of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). It provides surveillance and improved situational awareness simultaneously to pilots and air traffic controllers. ADS-B is designed to improve the safety, capacity and efficiency of the national airspace system while providing a flexible, expandable platform to accommodate future air traffic growth.
According to TSO-C166b, new models of 1090 MHz ADS-B and TIS-B equipment identified and manufactured after Dec. 2, 2009, must meet the MPS qualification and documentation requirements for the applicable equipment class in RTCA Inc. document RTCA DO-260B, “Minimum Operational Performance Standards for 1090 MHz Extended Squitter Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast and Traffic Information Services-Broadcast,” Section 2, dated Dec. 2, 2009.
According to TSO-C154c, new models of UAT ADS-B equipment and/or UAT diplexers identified and manufactured after Dec. 2, 2009, must meet the MPS qualification and documentation requirements in RTCA Inc. document RTCA DO-282B, “Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Universal Access Transceiver Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast, “Section 2, dated Dec. 2, 2009.
We are pleased with the efforts of the FAA and RTCA to finalize the TSOs necessary for the long-awaited ADS-B technology. The TSOs are the first necessary step before the FAA can finalize the ADS-B equipage mandate as proposed in October 2007. The FAA expects to release the final ADS-B rule in April 2010.
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