ADS-B 978 vs 1090

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  1. DesertNomad

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    I have a GDL-88 that has ADS-B IN on 978 & 1090, and ADS-B OUT on 978. Mexico is going to require 1090 for all operations above 10,000' as well as Class B & C airspace.

    I am considering upgrading my GTX330 to an ES model to do ADS-B OUT on 1090, which seems to require that I disable my 978 OUT.

    If I switch my output from 978 to 1090 are fewer people going to be able to see me? I'll keep the GDL-88 for IN on both frequencies.

    This FAA circular says I should not output on both frequencies:

    http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC%2020-165A.pdf
     
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    IIRC UAT-only equipped aircraft will only be able to see 1090ES equipped aircraft via ADS-R rebroadcast from a ground station. This is not an issue if an aircraft has dual frequency ADSB IN capability, which is typical for receivers.
     
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    Many more people will see you with 1090 out than 978 out.
     
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    I’m thinking 978 might go the way of Betamax....
     
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    My understanding is that the US is the only country that is using 978. The the others are all 1090. So if you ever plan to leave our boarders you have your answer...:yes:
     
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    Think about this.... Your GDL has anonymous mode, right? If you only want to run 1090 for MX, and stay private in the US, I think you are going to need a dual set up. If you don't see potential violations or fee for use in your future, pull it all, sell the GDL and upgrade the 330.

    However, what I would do is sell all of it, and go with a stand alone transponder that also has BT out to run your EFB. I happen to have a GTX345 and minus the always 1090ES, its been a great unit. In the end, you are looking at maybe a couple grand at most after the dust settles. I think that is a cheaper way and it won't be hard to sell the 330 or the GDL.
     
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    There is no requirement to disable the GDL88 if you add ES to your GTX330. You will be dual frequency Out and dual frequency In. I personally know of several aircraft that do this.
     
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    That is not correct, there are many single frequency UAT ADS-B In receivers than single frequency 1090ES receivers. Fortunately now, most receivers are dual frequency.
     
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    I already have a FlightStream 210 so the 345 transponder doesn't add anything and costs more than the 330 to ES upgrade. I am not too worried about anonymous mode as I am almost always filing IFR.
     
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    ya but....that assumes the 978 folks are in a terminal area to get the re-broadcast. The 1090ES guys are getting everything real time.....transponder-to-transponder.
     
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    It is a partial answer, so far only Mexico is planning on requiring ADS-B Out, so Canada and the Caribbean are not affected and Mexico is also not affected if you can stay below 10000. In a prior life I did a lot of flying in Mexico and don't recall needing to fly above 10000 MSL where I flew to. They also have a 2500 foot AGL to cross the mountains when above 10000 MSL. Class A is above 19500. I have been looking at the Jeppesen VFR charts for Mexico and can't find any Class C or B usage, so as a practical matter, for most GA NA-piston aircraft, it won't matter if you have 1090ES or UAT or neither. If you plan on flying at 19500 in Mexico, you will need 1090ES, but in the US, you need it above 18000 MSL.
     
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    So if you have a dual frequency ADS-B In receiver, it does not matter what the ADS-B Out system is.
     
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    It is a partial answer, so far only Mexico is planning on requiring ADS-B Out, so Canada and the Caribbean are not affected and Mexico is also not affected if you can avoid the Class B/C areas and stay below 10000. In a prior life I did a lot of flying in Mexico and don't recall needing to fly above 10000 MSL where I flew to. They also have a 2500 foot AGL to cross the mountains when above 10000 MSL. Class A is above 19500.
     
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    John... I thought you were saying lots of single band in receivers were the majority sold. ...and those were 978’s? The ones not seeing 1090es except when in a terminal area.
     
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    Flying from Guatemala to Mexico we were at 13,000'.
     
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    I would guess that I'm seeing more 1090 that 978 planes while flying. Garmin Pilot allow you to click on a target and see more data, including where the data came from (TIS-B, 1090, 978.)
     
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    No, that is not what I said. In responding to "Many more people will see you with 1090 out than 978 out.", I answered "That is not correct, there are many single frequency UAT ADS-B In receivers than single frequency 1090ES receivers. Fortunately now, most receivers are dual frequency." I should have added the word "more" after the word "many".

    I did not say "lots of single band in receivers were the majority sold. ...and those were 978’s?".

    I am only aware of single band receivers of the UAT type. Do you know of any single band 1090ES receivers on the market? I don't. A dual band receiver will not have an issue with receiving both frequencies and don't need own ship to be ADS-B Out to receive equipped aircraft, so in the original post I was responding to, for these receivers, the post is false. In the case of single band receivers, the post might be true, except that all of the single band receivers that I am aware that exist in the market today are only of the UAT variety, and clearly these receivers will only receive UAT based ADS-B Out without the aid of a ground station and meeting the requirement that the own ship aircraft being equipped with ADS-B Out so that it can solicit ADS-R from 1090 MHz. So again, the post is false.
     
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    John....of those many "single" band receivers (UAT 978 types)....will they see 1090ES outside the terminal areas?

     
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    The answer depends on the aircraft being ADS-B Out equipped and setup to indicate that "ADS-B In" is available "only" via UAT. If it is equipped and configured as described, and if the aircraft is within a ground station service area,ADS-R will be generated by the ground station to broadcast on the UAT frequency for a 1090ES target. Terminal area is not the issue as any of the 650+ ground stations thru out the country will provide ADS-R service. The ADS-R service areas are not limited to terminal areas and the hockey puck is slightly larger vertically than for TIS-B. Both TIS-B and ADS-R provide a hockey puck with a diameter of 15 NM, but ADS-R vertical is +/- 5000 feet verses the TIS-B which is +/- 3500 feet.
     
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    Interesting....I didn't recall that "ADS-B In" is available "only" via UAT was an option when I installed the 330ES (1090ES transponder). I know that "ADS-B in" is and option I selected....but need to go and verify the UAT vs. 1090 part.

    btw....the traffic is different between the 1090 ES displayed on my 530W vs. the UAT traffic on my iPad via the single band SkyRadar box.
     

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    Well, the traffic displayed on your 530W from your GTX330ES is not ADS-B traffic, it is TIS without the B and is a mode S product sent on a totally different frequency, 1030 MHz. Edit: That probably explains why you think there is a difference in the terminal areas because this is a terminal radar service and is centric on just your airplane. This means that unlike a broadcast, only your transponder is addressed and sees the traffic and the traffic does not need to have an altitude (mode C) as mode A will do. ADS-B requires a mode C and will not broadcast a mode A target as a TIS-B.

    I attached a screenshot of a GTX 330ES setup screen. For UAT only, one would change the "1090 IN" setting to "No" or you will not get ADS-R

    graphic 1 - gtx330es configuration for dual frequency portable.jpg
     
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    Good deal John....I'll go and double check that setting. Thanks!
     
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    I have a 335. Presumably both ADS-B in settings are currently set to "no", but if I ever get a Scout, I assume I'd flip them both to "yes"?
     
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    That is what I would recommend.
     
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    With my setup....I've always had ample traffic warning when traffic was a factor using the 330ES. Not sure what I was seeing on the 530W. I do notice a difference between the UAT and the ES. Maybe it's my ES settings?

    At any rate....these features are very desirable and valuable. I've been using the iPad with SkyRadar for a while, probably +7 years and really see the value. We just can't "see" what we think we can see. IMHO "see and avoid" is a fallacy the regulators invented to appease the masses....and maybe give some mid-air accidents causality.
     
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    The ES settings may be a cause of a difference, but since what you see on the GNS530W traffic when connected to a GTX330ES is using a totally different system than ADS-B and they have differing theories of operation and areas of coverage, you should not expect them to be the same. In a Mode S TIS supported terminal area, you may see more traffic than you would see on an ADS-B receiver, because the Mode S TIS system will display transponder targets with or without mode C, while ADS-B TIS-B will only show targets with mode C. If you see a target on your GNS530W that does not have a relative altitude, it is a target without mode C.
     
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    I suspect everything I see has mode C....since I fly mostly inside a mode C ring.
     
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    I see targets inside the Mode C veil or at the fringes that are mode A only. Like I said, they are easy to identify on your GNS530W because they do not have a relative altitude. Although rarer, it is permissible to operate inside the mode C veil with just mode A or without any transponder with prior permission.

     
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    Just FYI, a ground station will generate TISB/ADSR based on the transponder "ADS-B In" settings as follows:

    1090ES NO, UAT NO - neither ADS-R or TIS-B will be broadcast
    1090ES YES, UAT NO - ADS-R and TIS-B will be broadcast on 1090 MHz
    1090ES NO, UAT YES - ADS-R and TIS-B will be broadcast on UAT 978 MHz
    1090ES YES, UAT YES - ADS-R will not be broadcast and TIS-B will be broadcast only on UAT 978 MHz.
     
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    Is anyone flying with both 1090 and 978 OUT, via a GTX330ES and GDL88 for example?
     
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    I know of an owner of a P-Baron that has that configuration.
     
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    Interesting. The FAA discourages that but I think it might be because it is easy to misconfigure it and be transmitting two targets.
     
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    Ok... changed per John’s suggestion. Lessee what dat does....:D

    Hopefully I’ll see more on the iPad... both UAT and 1090?....even though it’s a single channel UAT receiver?
     

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    Shouldn't this one be, "1090ES YES, UAT YES - ADS-R will not be broadcast and TIS-B will be broadcast only on UAT 978 MHz."?
     
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    Thanks, I fixed the YES/YES case.
     
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    With a single frequency UAT receiver, that is the correct settings for the GTX330ES. If both were set to yes, then you would not have seen any 1090ES traffic.
     
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    This circular has been cancelled and replaced by AC20-165B. The text says the following:

    "Do not install a UAT ADS-B OUT system with the capability to transmit a random 24-bit address in an aircraft that also has a Mode S transponder unless the random 24-bit feature is disabled. The ATC automation system would interpret the different 24-bit addresses as two separate aircraft, and alert controllers to a conflict that does not actually exist."

    I have a GDL88 which receives both 978 and 1090, and I have a GTX33ES that transmits on 1090. The random 24-bit feature is disabled in the GDL88 and both transmit at the same time. I have tested it and the ADS-B system handles it perfectly.

    Similar to you, I needed 1090ES for Canada who say they will require 1090-out sometime in the future. In the mean time, I get better IFR handling in Canada with 1090 out. They do not plan to ever use the 978 system that we have in the US.

    An added advantage that I have in the US is that ground stations are triggered by either 978 or 1090, and that tends to give me a slightly farther distance as one always triggers it sooner. Also, it offers redundancy in case one or the other fails.

    Russ
     
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    Last I heard that Canada was never going to require ADS-B Out, but would in certain areas offer better routing. So your Cessna can get better routings in the Hudson bay area when you fly at FL290 or above. Mexico is a work in progress and they have not yet announce a rule or a specific proposed rule. I have a version from 2015 that was never issued as a NPRM and other than planning on 1090ES as the technology, it did not make much sense. They have class D and A, no B, C, or E. Mostly class G below 19500. Some airports might end up with a 30 NM veil, but so far only one I can determine. So for the most part, ADS-B Out will be for high airspace. When details are available, I will try and update. My guess is that both Canada and Mexico will not provide any traffic or weather services from their ground stations. I don't see how Mexico will get ADS-B equipage if they have not yet announced a detail plan.
     
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    Well, I fly low altitude IFR in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia regularly, and the Moncton Center recently verified that they already have ADS-B equipment in use there. This gives them more information than a normal Transponder with Mode C. In fact, they offered me better than normal handling into Halifax and Greenwood CFB on my last trip a month ago. Halifax Terminal is also installing ADS-B equipment. So far, there has been no decision to mandate ADS-B Out in Canada, but they certainly intend to make use of it when available (1090 only).

    By the way, Nova Scotia has large areas of CAE (Control Area) Class B, D, and E airspace. Halifax has Class B, D, and E and Greenwood has Class D and E. All except D (near the Terminals) are controlled by Moncton ACC (Air Control Centre), known in-flight as 'Moncton Center'. In fact, Moncton ACC controls a huge area of Maritime CAE Class B airspace that covers almost all of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia from 12,501 - 17,999 feet.