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caa logoThe UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today confirmed that ADS-B 'in/out' using 1090 MHz is its preferred national system to improve electronic conspicuity for general aviation.

To help encourage ADS-B take-up by the GA community, the CAA has today launched a survey seeking information on the types of devices private pilots already use and what they would prefer to use in future. The survey can be seen at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/UKGAEC and closes on 29 September 2017.

A number of trials will also be taking place to assess systems and potential uses. These include:

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  • A trial at Dundee Airport (run by Highlands and Islands Airports) to investigate a low cost system receiving Mode-S and ADS-B data to provide air traffic controllers with more information on aircraft operating outside of controlled airspace.
  • The transmission of weather data from the ground direct to a GA aircraft cockpit via 978MHz. This trial is being undertaken by an equipment manufacturer (uAvionix) and aeronautical information service provider (SkyDemon). In the longer term this system may also assist drones in safely integrating into the UK's airspace.
  • Simultaneous transmissions from a GA aircraft with Mode S and a conspicuity device (meeting the criteria in CAP1391). Volunteers from the GA communities are assisting with this trial.
  • A trial run by the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Strategy (FASVIG) will be looking to provide real time traffic data to GA airfields, enhancing the airfield's situational awareness of aircraft in its vicinity. http://fasvig.org/ats-traffic-display-trial-to-be-launched-at-uk-ga-airfields These trials will look to build on outputs from previous trials, and gather evidence from user feedback.

Colin Chesterton, CAA future systems coordinator, said: “We are very keen to put electronic conspicuity systems into GA aircraft cockpits as soon as possible.

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