Did you know that altitude affects ADS-B coverage? This interactive map provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) helps to understand where Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) services are generally available and how coverage can vary by altitude and location.
The FAA has set forth a mandate that requires all operating aircraft to be equipped with an FAA certified ADS-B Out transponder by the year 2020. For pilots, new ADS-B technologies improve situational awareness with a full traffic picture from ADS-B ground stations and direct air-to-air traffic.
In our experience with ADS-B weather and traffic, we find that our Stratus portable ADS-B In receivers are consistent with the coverage shown in the FAA coverage map.
When developing our new 1090 ES transponder Stratus ESG, we designed it to integrate with Stratus portable receivers to optimize ADS-B reception.
Using an optional interface cable plugged into the connector plate, the Stratus receiver is powered from Stratus ESG. This means the receiver utilizes the belly-mounted transponder antenna to maximize ADS-B reception. Although the mandate only requires ADS-B Out, the full solution with Stratus provides the ultimate ADS-B experience.