ADS-B 978 vs 1090

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  1. DesertNomad

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    So I now have a 330ES for 1090 OUT and a GDL88 for 1090/978 IN. My installer disabled 978 OUT.

    When I run my FAA report however, it says I have UAT(978) IN. The old report I ran a year ago said I had DUAL IN... perhaps because I listed a GDL88 as my OUT equipment. How would they know what sort of IN I have?
     
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    your 330ES has a setting for what other equipment you have....it's transmitted in your 330ES 1090 data stream so they know what other info to transmit in your "puck".
     
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    I have been running both 1090 and 978 out for about five years now (in addition to dual-in as well). I was one of the FAA beta test pilots for being able to use dual-out. My area was from Savannah to Jacksonville. Initially, there were many problems, two targets for one aircraft, seeing your own target, etc., but now all problems been resolved and the system works perfectly.

    My ADS-B equipment is all Garmin: GNS530W, GDL88, GTX330ES, and Flightstream 210.

    The reason I installed dual-out was that I often fly in Canada, and I wanted to be legal even before the requirements were implemented. I get much better IFR handling in Canada even though they have not mandated anything yet. I also think that I hit ground stations at a slightly farther distance, since either TIS-B or ADS-R will always reply first.

    Having flown all over the country, I can tell you that from 8000 feet nearly everywhere now has TIS-B/ADS-R coverage from the ground stations, so I am always receiving most transponder traffic either Direct on 1090 or 978 (including Mode C and A). The only time I lose the TIS-B/ADS-R traffic is when landing or taking off from an airport that is located too far from a ground station.

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    Russ,

    If you have dual ADS-B Out/In with the Garmin GTX330ES and GDL88, then as a client, ground stations will not generate ADS-R, as there is no need. The ground station will transmit all TIS-B using UAT and will suppress sending ADS-R for your aircraft. I don't think you will get any better service in Canada at low altitudes from NavCanada based on being ADS-B Out equipped. Currently ADS-B is deployed in the Hudson Bay high airspace and in the North East/Oceanic area above FL290. Above those altitudes, there is preferred routing available. In the US border areas of Canada, I don't see that they have deployed ADS-B.

    Canada is exploring using low earth orbit satellites that receive 1090ES ADS-B Out. If Canada goes ahead with this, it would be in lieu of adding ground stations. It is not clear how well this will work with aircraft that do not have two antennas for their ADS-B Out, one on top and one on bottom of the aircraft (called diversity). The GTX330ES-D version supports dual antennas, but adding the second antenna doubles the price of the GTX330ES.

    Mexico has not yet published an ADS-B Out rule, but if and when they do, it will be 1090ES based. The details will matter as to the impact to general aviation because their low airspace structure is mostly G airspace below 19500 and Class A above. Mexico also makes use of Class D airspace around some of the major airports. If their rule mimicked the US rule, it would not apply below 19500, but that is speculation on my part.
     
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    I saw the same in an early Mexican unpublished document. Only one issue, there isn't any C, B, or E airspace in Mexico, at least over the mainland. It was a translation of the US rule with UAT removed, but since it does not really apply, it never got issued. I am still trying to get a copy of the current state of the Mexican proposal, but Mexican pilots that I have talked with are unaware. Without a rule, there is no way this can go in effect a year from now.
     
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    John, from fringe distances from ground stations, (in the midwest mainly) sometimes I will trigger them with 978 and sometimes with 1090. Depending on which one triggers them determines whether the reply will be TIS-B or ADS-R, right? I can see on Foreflight and/or Garmin Pilot, both ADS-R and TIS-B returns at varying times.

    Also, in Canada, the Center Controllers for Moncton already have ADS-B 1090 processing, and almost all commercial traffic is already equipped as well. Moncton gives me special handling almost every time I'm there, and they have told me that the ADS-B is the reason. They will also handle IFR flight plans filed with lat-long waypoints that they will not allow unless ADS-B equipped. Not sure why.

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    Russ,

    It is easy to confuse the source of ADS-B TISB and ADSR. Your GDL88 is hard wired to indicate that you have dual frequency receiver capability. The GTX330ES has settings that can be configured and I am sure it is set to indicate dual ADS-B In as well. So both of your Out's are indicating that you have dual In capability. So that means that a ground station will never generate an ADS-R on your behalf, regardless if it only detects 1090ES from your GTX330ES or the GDL88 UAT, after all ADS-R is only useful if you have a single frequency receiver and need to ground station to rebroadcast the other frequency if you could not receive it directly. All TIS-B will be sent on UAT as it has more available bandwidth. A ground station transmits TISB and ADSR based on the following truth table:

    ADS-B In Capability - TISB . ADSR ..... Comment
    None .................. No .... No ..... No point sending because the client couldn't receive it anyway.
    UAT Only .............. UAT .. Yes ..... ADSR from 1090ES
    1090ES Only .......... 1090 .. Yes ..... ADSR from UAT
    Both .................... UAT ... No ..... ADSR not needed

    So, you say that you received TISB and or ADSR. I believe you, but your aircraft was not the client that caused the ground station to broadcast it. Anything broadcast and received by your dual frequency receiver will get processed, regardless if it was on your behalf or another client. That is what is meant by broadcast, not targeted to an addressed aircraft, everyone with a receiver will receive the broadcast.
     
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    OK, I understand. You clearly know more about the overall system than I.

    The main reason I configured dual-out was because I was told that that configuration would trigger the ground stations at the farthest possible distance. Otherwise, I would have configured only 1090 out and dual-in.
     
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    Russell,

    I don't question having dual out. That way, any aircraft that has a single frequency receiver will see you, even on the ground and without the aid of a nearby ground station. It is better that other aircraft see you, even if they are not ADS-B Out equipped, but have a receiver. A GTX345 might have been a reasonable alternative, but my guess is it wasn't available when you made your installation decision. All your bases are covered with the possible exception of a top antenna. It will be interesting to see if Canada adopts the satellite version of ADS-B if a top antenna is needed. In any case, you have an upgrade path with the GTX330ES and the GTX345 doesn't offer that option.
     
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    I predict UAT out will be a small niche. The rest of the world (outside the US) doesn't utilize UAT at all.

    While it is correct that in the US there is a fair number of aircraft equipped with UAT in only (i.e. no 1090 in), biz jets and air transport aircraft will equip only with 1090 in for ADS-B applications like CDTI and in-trail. These larger aircraft fly A LOT compared with the UAT-only cubs and Skyhawks, so I would argue that when actual flight time is taken into account, 1090 is much more widespread than UAT in. Thus, if you are wondering whether 1090 or UAT out will make you visible to more airplanes flying in the sky at any given moment, I believe the answer will be 1090 - maybe not yet today in the US, but certainly in a few years. And already today anywhere else in the world.
     
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    Not many transport aircraft will adopt ADS-B In as there is yet to be a demonstrated financial benefit. The main conspicuity system will remain TCAS and will be based on transponders, not ADS-B In. I suspect the same will hold true for business jets.
     
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    And what about below 10,000' since all the "biz jets" are going to be up int he flight levels?
     
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    Sure, but they, too, have to take-off and land - and when they do, they are a lot faster than anything listening to only UAT in.

    John is correct, of course, that TCAS is addressing that problem today for airliners, regardless of what transponder or ADS-B equipment our planes have. In the future, with ADS-B becoming more and more required around the world, many people (myself included) see that changing. It's already changing today for biz jets, where CDTI is a popular option. So if you're on the fence whether to equip with UAT out or 1090 out, why not think a few years head? I sure hope my ADS-B transponder will still work and provide good value ten years from now.
     
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    First of all, if you own a Stratus, or a Stratux, it will display BOTH 978UAT and 1090ES traffic DIRECTLY from the transmitting aircraft to your ipad running ForeFlight or any of the other popular EFB's. Also, if you have 1090ES installed, you are being monitored by Airen satellites . They are supplying tracking info to Flightaware every time you fly. It will show a flight track as you do touch and goes...even when you are rolling down the runway. So far, I have not seen 978UAT being track like this.
     
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    I’m pretty sure none of the Aireon data makes it to the public facing Flightaware site. I think that’s just for those paying big money, like airlines.
     
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    So...with my GDL-88D (two antennas) if I replace the KT76A with a GTX-335, I can opt to have both UAT and ES out (i.e. "dual out"), correct?
     
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    OK...then explain how Flightaware can show the entire flight path of a Cherokee 180 doing touch and goes at KHBI, an airport at least 25 miles from the nearest ADS-B tower or Class C airspace, when the pilot is only talking on 122.8 mhz ? If not Airen, then who else has satellites watching 1090ES traffic? There are no breaks in the flight track even as the plane rolls after landing. I have seen this more than once recently and it is only 1090ES traffic. In the past, the flight track would begin after a climb to altitude and end on final approach. Something is going on here...
     
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    Ground receivers put up by hobbiests. I have one on my roof. $75 in parts on Amazon.
     
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    You are probably right ! I also have built a couple Stratux ADS-B receivers over the past couple years. I did read that Flightaware and Aireon were partners in that venture...I just took for granted they were experimenting over the US with satellite tracking . Ihope they don't start tracking our every move...kind of creapy, IMO.
     
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    This is definitely THE place to ask . .
    '46 PA-12 located in busy NY airspace. Want to be compliant. Already have mini w/ foreflight.
    I'm thinking (ready to buy) OUT: uAvionix 978 sky(or tail)Beacon. And for the nice-to-have IN: uAvionix dual channel Scout.
     
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    If you click on the graphs on flightaware it should say what the data source is, "Flightaware ADS-B" with a location is one of the hobby receivers, like mine.
     
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    They are already tracking our every move, broadcasting it to the world online, and the FAA is helpfully publishing a list to convert tail numbers to names and addresses. It's disgusting. I'd like to see the reaction if they mandated it for cars.
     
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    I read somewhere that the original "B" in ADS-B meant billing. They can track us and send us a bill at the end of the year for services rendered in the system...sounds paranoid, but who knows ?

    Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean someone is not out to get you ! :)
     
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    I did not know that ! Thanks !

    I went to Flightaware and clicked on graphs, but not sure how to interpret data to see how it was obtained. Can you explain more, please ?
     
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    This is the web version, not sure about the mobile app or any other way to get flightaware data. On the right side, under data, there's a graph button for speed and altitude, open that, and you'll see this:
    Capture.PNG

    The right side is where they got the data, this one is entirely from the flightaware ADS-B network. If that isn't showing up, try making your web browser wider. When you move your mouse over the graph part it will also show where it got the data for that portion of the graph, you can see where I had my mouse when I took the screenshot.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I had to reduce my screen size to see the source on the right side.
     
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    I wonder how all those countries that implemented user fees without ADS-B figured out how to bill pilots? Must have had their address.

    If the government wants to charge user fees, they don't need any stinking ADS-Billing.
     
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    Let's hope not in either case.
     
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    So “in” equipment has no bearing what gets transmitted, right? A scenario is a 1090 “out-only” device with a stand alone onboard “both-in” like Stratux with ForeFlight. The “both-in” will see the 1090 triggered 30 mile puck, plus any airborne plane-to-plane stuff, and only the randomly generated 978 signals?
     
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    There is an out device setting which tells the system what in capability you have, if you set it to 978in only, then the ground stations would do ADS-R and TIS-B on 978 for your puck.

    If you set it to dual in, then they wouldn't do ADS-R, and I'm not seeing which frequency it will prefer for TIS-B, I'd guess 1090, but there's a 50% chance I'm wrong.

    ADS-R being the ADS-B rebroadcast from the ground station if the ADS-B target is using the other frequency than what you say you can receive.
     
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    I’m having an AXP340 installed as my “out” soon. So you’re saying there is an “in” setting on it that will tell the ground station if I also have any “in” capability and if so, one or both? I’ll need to read the manual. Thank you.
     
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    I have an AXP340 installed in my airplane and I am using the Avidyne Skytrax100 for ADS-b in. There are settings in the AXP340 that tells the receiving stations (radio towers controlled by the FAA and other stations) what type of "in" equipment you have in your airplane. Essentially your AXP340 is telling the FAA "I am capable of receiving ADS-B data on 1090 or 978 or both", depending on whatever equipment your airplane has to receive ADS-b.

    The FAA uses this information from your airplane to decide how to transmit your "hockey puck" of data back to you. If you're airplane one has a 978uat receiver (like in my case with the skytrax100), your're AXP340 will broadcast saying "I can only receive ADSB data using 978uat".... so, thats what the FAA uses for your puck.

    Keep in mind... the AXP340 is ONLY a 1090es TRANSMITTER. It only uses the 1090 band to transmit your ADS-b data to the FAA as well as to other airplanes nearby. If you elect to have the Skytrax100 installed with the AXP, you will have a 978uat RECIEVER, and the traffic will show up on an Avidyne IFD unit. Here's some photos of the settings of my AXP340 and Skytrax setup for example:

    This setting tells the FAA that I have a 978 UAT receiver in my airplane, so please send me the ADSB data using 978uat.:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/bxscaJCapeduPFGp7

    This photo shows that my AXP is telling the FAA that I am not setup to receive 1090 data:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/dJtadUCkPQ52UKpm9

    Essentially, those two settings lets the ADS-b system know that my airplane is ONLY able to receive my ADS-b data via the 978uat system. SOOO... it will collect all my traffic data that is in my puck, from airplanes equipped with 1090, and the guys that show up on radar with a standard transponder (no ads-b) and send it to me via the 978 system.

    IF you have both these setting set to "YES" in the AXP340, the ADS-b system says "alright...you don't need us to rebroadcast any traffic data, because you have both a 1090 and a 978 receiver in your airplane, you can already receive those targets using your own equipment". So, all you will get is the targets that do not have ADS-b out and are being picked up by radar.
     
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    You can make that 100% that you are wrong. :)

    If you have your ADS-B Out configured to tell the ground station you are capable of receiving on both 1090ES and UAT, the TISB will broadcast on 978 MHz (UAT) to avoid congestion on 1090 MHz.
     
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    As 121 carriers are equipping, are they doing _anything_ for ADS-B in, or are they only equipping for out?

    Sure, they have TCAS, but eventually (hopefully) the FAA will do away with the mode C requirement altogether....?
     
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    Air carriers for the most part don't plan spend the money for In, they don't perceive the benefit. Some have added In on new aircraft. So most air carrier aircraft will not generate a puck for themselves. Since the FAA still uses transponders for backup if GPS or ADS-B is unavailable, and TCAS depends on transponders, I seriously doubt there are any real plans to get rid them.