<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today click here

VFR Industry Group launches ADS-B ATS traffic display trial at UK GA airfields

PUBLISHED: 13:05 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 03 August 2017

Typically, small airfields (Derby illustrated) would find radar service unviable – but ADS-B may offer a low-cost alternative PHOTO: Nick Bloom]

Typically, small airfields (Derby illustrated) would find radar service unviable – but ADS-B may offer a low-cost alternative PHOTO: Nick Bloom]

Archant

The Future Airspace Strategy VFR Industry Group (FASVIG) has announced plans to carry out a trial of real-time traffic displays for Air Traffic Services at UK general aviation airfields

Real-time traffic displays based on Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) have the potential capability to enhance GA airfield air traffic services situational awareness and flight safety, says FASVIG. The aim of the trial is to gather evidence to enable the CAA to assess this capability and give consideration to authorising use of ADS-B real-time traffic displays by GA ATS units. It is hoped this trial will encourage further development of technology to support ATS provision at UK GA airfields.

It is not economically viable to make available complex radar systems at most GA airfields, where ATS typically operates purely by eye and radio. Meanwhile, the capabilities of in-cockpit traffic awareness solutions for GA pilots have made great advances. Particularly important is the development of ADS-B, a system which enables aircraft to broadcast their position and altitude with great accuracy. As well as being used for in-flight collision avoidance, the data received can be used to show the location of aircraft on a display screen in the control room of a small airfield without the need for radar.

The trial will provide a number of UK GA airfields with ADS-B ground receivers and traffic displays, plus CAA-approved portable ADS-B transceivers for some of their most frequently used flying school aircraft. ‘It is anticipated that this ADS-B installation will provide a simple and cost-effective tool to significantly improve flight safety in the vicinity of airfields, where GA pilots are most at risk of mid-air collision,’ says FASVIG.

‘It is anticipated that future GA ATS systems could eventually take on a more active safety role, by assessing collision risk – with other aircraft and with terrain - from the perspective of each aircraft. Subject to future regulatory developments, ATS staff being presented with such information would be enabled to provide even better safety advice to aircraft in the area.

‘In addition, for airfields in proximity to controlled airspace, the system could help reduce airspace infringements. FASVIG has been working closely on this trial with the CAA and, together with airfield ATS units and flying schools, plan to schedule the trial as soon as possible.’

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Pilot visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Pilot staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Pilot account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from News

Friday, December 8, 2017

Keep your diary clear, these aviation events will have your December sorted.

Read more
Friday, December 8, 2017

…going to be announced later today, Friday 8 December

Read more
Thursday, December 7, 2017

On 28 November Textron Aviation confirmed long circulating rumours that it was developing a new ‘clean sheet’ twin-turboprop utility aircraft, now revealed as the Cessna SkyCourier 408, with FedEx Express as launch customer

Read more
Thursday, December 7, 2017

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on GA announced in early December that it now enjoyed the support of a record 85 Parliamentarians, making it one of the biggest APPGs in the current parliament and further strengthening the voice of GA

Read more
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Van’s Aircraft reports that an RV-7 built by David Porter of Martinsburg, West Virginia, has been ‘officially’ recognised as the 10,000th example of its RV series of homebuilts to fly

Read more
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Commercial pilots can now apply for a licence online, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. The new service is part of the CAA’s plans to update the personnel licensing system for the UK aviation industry, with private licence applications following next year

Read more
Friday, December 1, 2017

On 6 December Garmin will be hosting a webinar on the new TXi product family, hosted by Trevor Pegrum and Ben Smith of Garmin Europe

Read more
Friday, December 1, 2017

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has announced the appointment of Richard Moriarty as its new Chief Executive. Richard was appointed following ‘a rigorous selection process including a significant number of excellent candidates’. He will succeed Andrew Haines, whose term of office is due to expire in the Summer of 2018

Read more
Friday, November 24, 2017

German autogyro manufacturer AutoGyro has delivered its 1,500th MTOsport to a customer in China

Read more
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cone dominated the final in Thailand in his Grove-Winged Cassutt after initially being relegated to third place at the start of the race

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine