by Jay M. Flowers, Aviation Safety
ADS-B is now in full affect and here to stay. Users of the system have done an excellent job getting their aircraft properly equipped and ready; however, there is even more work that needs to be done. A key detail: maintaining and monitoring your equipment for accuracy and industry updates on a regular basis.
Please go to: adsbperformance.faa.gov/PAPRRequest.aspx
Flight Standards provides this automated tool in order to assist aircraft owners, operators, and avionics shops with the validation of the performance of the ADS-B Out equipment installed on aircraft. Public ADS-B Performance Reports (PAPR) may be requested for aircraft operations that were detected within FAA ADS-B Coverage areas. For best results, ADS-B validation flights should be conducted within published areas of FAA ADS-B Coverage. Flying near the surface or at the fringe of ADS-B coverage areas may negatively impact the metrics provided in your PAPR Report. Please refer to the FAA ADS-B Coverage Map before flying. The tool requires the following information:
The date at the start of your flight of interest. This is entered as the date recorded in Zulu (UTC+0) at the start of the flight.
A way to identify your aircraft. This may be entered as the aircraft’s tail number (US registered aircraft only) or the ICAO Address of the aircraft in hex, octal, or decimal format.
Your name and a valid email address to send your requested report.
The configuration of the ADS-B OUT equipment installed on the aircraft, and the equipment installer. There are selection lists below for common equipment and Repair Shops. A notes area is included if you do not find your specific equipment.
At last review, the airspace in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming did not generally require the new technology to aviate. However, as times change and the demand for larger aircraft reaches our state, the need for this type of airspace and equipment may be upon us sooner rather than later. There are airports within the state that are currently looking at Class C certification simply due to the rise in commercial traffic. Demand and tech pending, the option to contact the airspace holder and ask for permission to fly through their airspace is still an option but you need to plan ahead.
Safety is a motivated action which requires attention, skill, and refreshment throughout time.