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Old 01-21-2015, 10:18 AM   #1
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Curious what everybody is thinking about doing for the 2020 ADS-B Mandate?

I've been looking at solutions for my plane, which has a GTX-320 Transponder,
and an AK-350 Encoder. So far what I have been able to figure out
is that a UAT based system like the GDL-94, or the Freeflight Rangr
would work since the have a built-in WAAS GPS. However I still can't
figure out that after I add this system, do I toss my existing transponder
and Encoder? Or do I have to some how wire this new gear to talk to
the transponder, and encoder?

It seems that the ADS-B out system needs to ALSO output the ATC squawk
code, so is this something that can be entered through a separate "head"
unit? OR does it have to tie to the transponder? If it has to tie to the
transponder then that rules out mine, since it has not serial out, etc.

If in fact I have to add a "head" unit to enter the squawk, does that
replace the existing transponder, in effect allowing me to toss out the
transponder/encode which I already have?

Also despite my advocacy of Paper charts, etc. I do in fact have a tablet
with Garmin Pilot, and I think it's a waste of money to buy an ADS-B In
solution for it, which will likely be replicated with the "required" equipment
for the airplane anyway?

After all the above is sorted out, does my wife divorce me for spending $5K
that doesn't take her to a nice warm, and sunny place in the middle of the
winter???

Ideas?

Thanks!
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:16 PM   #2
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the Navworx system can pick up the squawk code from any transponder (decodes it off the antenna cable). I recently installed one and am quite happy with it.
(also << than $5K though still not warm and tropical)
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Old 01-21-2015, 02:12 PM   #3
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Is that the ADS600-BG system that you used?

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Old 01-21-2015, 03:13 PM   #4
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Default Re: ADS-B Out

Since I'm using Foreflight with a Stratus 2 ads-b in, I'm very interested in the announced transponder from Appareo Systems. It's supposed to be tray compatible with a Garmin 327 which is what I'm using now. It also provides a cable to both power the Stratus 2 and to provide it with the "ownship" signal to prevent false positives from your own plane.

It's vaporware at the moment, so we'll see.
http://www.appareo.com/aviation/ads-b/
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:14 AM   #5
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Is that the ADS600-BG system that you used?

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ADS600-B I think, see this thread (non certified unit)
http://www.teamkitfox.com/Forums/showthread.php?t=5974
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:14 AM   #6
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I talked to Bill at Navworx yesterday, and asked about the B unit. He said it
has the functionality, but would require upgrade before 2020 to meet the
mandate as it wasn't fully compliant. He said to be fully compliant would
require the BG. Not sure exactly why that was though. Might be something
to check. Looks like a decent system, and I like the way it works.

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Old 01-27-2015, 11:30 PM   #7
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Is there a list of the thousand plus airports that will require the system or is the entire U.S. airspace affected by the mandate? Does it eliminate me flying in G airspace in my backyard? Sorry if that's a dumb question, but consider the source.
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I believe it's only required where you need a Mode-C transponder today.
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:24 PM   #9
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Anything that requires Mode-C will require it. If you installed something
currently that met the mandate you would have to install a device in
the $3K+ range (if you do it yourself) ...

So I'm going to wait. I talked to AOPA Advocacy on the phone, and they
are "hoping/working" for a solution, such as an ADS-B "Out", portable
device similar to the current "In" only devices. Which could be carried
onboard and make the flight legal.

The Navworx device, or the Garmin GDL-84 UAT look nice, BUT the price
tag doesn't ...

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Old 01-28-2015, 03:36 PM   #10
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Random thoughts -

Actually I'm a bit surprised I don't see more about this issue in these forums,
this ADS-B mandate is real, and even at the cheap end of the "best-guessed"
cost. Each one of us who doesn't fly out of the sticks is going to end up
paying well over $1K, and quite possibly $3-5K just to keep flying our planes.

I personally like the idea of ADS-B, just not the cost associated.

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