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.