ADS-B Traffic 101

ADS-B Traffic 101 2016

Portable ADS-B receivers for the iPad (like the Garmin GDL 39 and the Stratus 2S) can receive ADS-B traffic in addition to weather. But unlike weather, which is broadcast continuously, traffic is only transmitted in response to specific prompts. This can make ADS-B traffic very confusing–when does it work and when doesn’t it work?

To help, we’ve created this series of graphics, which shows three common scenarios:

ADS-B Scenario 1

Graphic 1: The most likely scenario, where you are flying with a portable ADS-B receiver, but do not have an ADS-B Out transponder installed in your panel. Here, you’ll receive any airplane that is transmitting ADS-B Out via air-to-air (no ground station required). Most airplanes do not have ADS-B Out, so this is fairly limited. You will not see regular, Mode C targets.

ADS-B Scenario 2Graphic 2: In this case, you are still flying with a portable ADS-B receiver and no ADS-B Out in your airplane, but you are close to another aircraft that is ADS-B Out equipped. In this case, that ADS-B Out airplane is waking up the ground station and is receiving a custom traffic picture for a 30 mile “hockey puck” around that airplane. If you are close enough to that airplane, your portable receiver can listen in on that traffic message. While you won’t get a complete traffic picture, you will get a better one, since the ground station transmits Mode C targets in addition to ADS-B targets.

ADS-B Scenario 3Graphic 3: This is the best possible case. You have an ADS-B Out transponder in your airplane, so you are transmitting out to the ground stations and creating your own “hockey puck” of traffic information. You’ll see all traffic within a 30 mile diameter and 3500 ft.

Here’s a helpful video showing ADS-B traffic in action in the ForeFlight app:

For more information:

Detailed ADS-B technical review

Flying with ADS-B receivers – a real world scenario

Flying in an ADS-B Out airplane

ForeFlight Traffic Tips: How to get the most out of ADS-B traffic

ADS-B Webinar (video)

The complete graphic is below (click on the image for a larger view)

ADS-B Scenarios

Source: Ipad appsADS-B Traffic 101

An airshow in paradise

The Blue Angels were the stars of the 2015 Kaneohe Bay Airshow in Hawaii.

A hot, humid, partly cloudy day in paradise awaited the thousands of Hawaii airshow fans who came out for the Sunday showing of the Kaneohe Bay Airshow held at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, on the island of Oahu.

Held Oct. 17-18, total attendance topped 100,000. One reason for the crowds was the appearance of the Blue Angels, who last appeared over the island in 2012. This was only their sixth appearance in Hawaii in the last 33 years.

On average, there is only one airshow in Hawaii each year, so there is excitement when an opportunity comes along to see one.

The Blue Angels were the stars of the 2015 Kaneohe Bay Airshow in Hawaii.

The Blue Angels were the stars of the 2015 Kaneohe Bay Airshow in Hawaii.

Pre-show festivities started with a skydiving demo from a local team, the “Flying Leathernecks,” and a few of the aerobatic performers fine-tuning up their aerial maneuvers. Thanks to the remnants of a recent storm, this was the only day of the show with plenty of sunshine to fly in.

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force got things rolling with a demonstration of how to secure a hostile area using Huey attack helicopters before bringing in huge CH-53 Sea Stallions to rapidly get their teams on the ground. Pyro charges set the stage for the final act as the huge “wall of fire” was set off during a mass fly-by of Marine firepower.

A Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion disgorges a Marine assault team. The CH-53E can transport up to 55 troops.

A Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion disgorges a Marine assault team. The CH-53E can transport up to 55 troops.

Elements of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force approach show center, delivering ground and air combat capabilities like no other military can.

Elements of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force approach show center, delivering ground and air combat capabilities like no other military can.

Hank Bruckner, a Hawaii-based airshow performer and aerobatics instructor pilot, flew an aerobatic routine in his two-seat French-made Mudry CAP-10C.

The Mudry CAP 10 is a two-seat training aerobatic aircraft first built in 1970 and still in production.

The Mudry CAP 10 is a two-seat training aerobatic aircraft first built in 1970 and still in production.

With displays of skilled aerobatics, civilian performers like Rob Holland and Jacquie B Warda took center stage. Rob is a four time US National Aerobatic Champion and the current World Freestyle Champion and it is obvious how deserving he is of those titles. Both Rob and Jacquie’s airplanes were transported from the mainland to Hawaii via giant Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft.

Rob Holland heads upstairs in his custom MXS-RH.

Rob Holland heads upstairs in his custom MXS-RH.

 

Jacquie “B” Warda climbs in her Extra 300 to gain altitude for the next maneuver.

Jacquie “B” Warda climbs in her Extra 300 to gain altitude for the next maneuver.

 

Hawaii local Alan Miller waves to the crowd after successfully landing his Aeronca Champ on the tiniest airport in the islands.

Hawaii local Alan Miller waves to the crowd after successfully landing his Aeronca Champ on the tiniest airport in the islands.

Military demonstrations included a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin, US Army Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook, while the Air Force was represented by the Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team, and the Navy put a P-3 Orion through its paces before an appreciative crowd.

This F-16 Fighting Falcon generates vapor from the humid air as it pulls into a vertical maneuver during its demonstration.

This F-16 Fighting Falcon generates vapor from the humid air as it pulls into a vertical maneuver during its demonstration.

Unusual for an American airshow, classic warbirds were a rarity. Brad Deckert had his TBM Avenger flown in by C-5 so that he could participate in the show. His aircraft was actually stationed in Hawaii post-World War II so it was a homecoming of sorts. There was also a locally owned T-6 Texan that took to the air for a short exhibition flyby.

Brad Deckert flew this TBM Avnger from Illinois to California where it was partially disassembled and flown to Hawaii inside a C-5 Galaxy.

Brad Deckert flew this TBM Avnger from Illinois to California where it was partially disassembled and flown to Hawaii inside a C-5 Galaxy.

One unique aircraft to fly was Hawaiian Airlines’ 1929 Bellanca Pacemaker that was the first aircraft operated by the carrier’s predecessor company 86 years ago. Hawaiian believes it is the only carrier of its era that still operates its first airplane.

This 1929 Bellanca Pacemaker was originally procured by Inter-Island Airways, a predecessor to Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian Chief Executive Mark Dunkerley is one of seven pilots rated on this aircraft and takes employees and guests up for sightseeing trips.

This 1929 Bellanca Pacemaker was originally flown by Inter-Island Airways, a predecessor to Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian Chief Executive Mark Dunkerley is one of seven pilots rated on this aircraft and takes employees and guests up for sightseeing trips.

Aircraft on static display included a C-5 Galaxy from California, a local KC-135 Stratotanker and a Coast Guard C-130 from Barbers Point. Hawaii-based aircraft included an F-22 Raptor, P-3 Orions and a C-17. Military helicopters were also in abundance with a AH-1 Cobra gunship, CH-47 Chinook, CH-53 Sea Stallion and SH-60 Seahawk on display. There was an immaculate C-20G, which is the military version of a Gulfstream IV used for VIP transport.

This Citabria is dwarfed by the C-17 Globemaster III behind it.

This Citabria is dwarfed by the C-17 Globemaster III behind it.

General aviation aircraft on the ramp included a Citabria, Cessna 170, a CTLS Light-Sport aircraft, a Taylorcraft, Robinson helicopters, and a pair of Civil Air Patrol Cessna Skyhawks. There was an interesting Polish FK-12 Comet, the only LSA biplane in production. A vintage Beech Travel Air and a Mooney rounded out the GA presence at the show.

This German FK-12 Comet is the only Light Sport Biplane currently in serial production and is designed for aerobatics.

This German FK-12 Comet is the only Light Sport Biplane currently in serial production and is designed for aerobatics.

The U.S. Marine Corps did a fine job putting on this show. No one knows when the Blue Angels will be back again in Hawaii, but the enthusiasm of the crowd left no doubt that it would be a very welcome return.

First entering service in 1995, the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III production line came to an end in May 2015.

First entering service in 1995, the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III production line came to an end in May 2015.

1963 Beech Travel Air
C-20G Gulfstream IV, USMC
1994 McDonnell Douglas helicopter
This C-130T “Fat Albert” became a part of the show in 1975 for demonstrations of Jet Assisted Take Off capability.  Those ended in 2009 when supplies of the rockets dwindled, but fans still love seeing “Fat Albert.”
Blue Angels
2008 Flight Design CTLS
Rob Holland performs
Jacquie B Warda waves to fans
US flag delivery to show center, courtesy of the all-SEAL US Navy Leap Frogs.
T-6.
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook has been in service with the US Army since 1962.
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAn airshow in paradise

Airport viewing area upgraded

Aspiring Eagle Scout Completes Service Project at Clermont County Airport

 

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Collin Gallagher with project beneficiary representative Hal Shevers at the improved airport viewing area

Collin Gallagher, affiliated with St. Veronica Troop 135, completed his Eagle Scout Service Project at the Clermont County Airport. The project consisted of improving the airport viewing area by adding park benches, erecting a jungle gym, and providing landscaping to the area.

Collin’s goal in his Eagle Scout Service Project was to create a social gathering point for local residents. He says, “These improvements will encourage families and their children to come to the airport and enjoy aviation.  The children will be able to play on the jungle gym while the parents can relax and watch airplanes.  Maybe some of these youth will find a career in aviation someday.”

Collin is a sophomore at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati and actively participates in the school band, Mock Trial, and the Historical Wargaming Club.  He is an active member of Troop 135 and a member of The Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society.  Collin plans on finishing his Eagle Scout rank and continuing working with other scouts.

Airport patrons and the general public are invited to utilize the airport viewing area on Taylor Road where you can enjoy the up-close sights and sounds of general aviation.

Source: SportysAirport viewing area upgraded

Airport viewing area upgraded

Aspiring Eagle Scout Completes Service Project at Clermont County Airport

 

colin and hal

Collin Gallagher with project beneficiary representative Hal Shevers at the improved airport viewing area

Collin Gallagher, affiliated with St. Veronica Troop 135, completed his Eagle Scout Service Project at the Clermont County Airport. The project consisted of improving the airport viewing area by adding park benches, erecting a jungle gym, and providing landscaping to the area.

Collin’s goal in his Eagle Scout Service Project was to create a social gathering point for local residents. He says, “These improvements will encourage families and their children to come to the airport and enjoy aviation.  The children will be able to play on the jungle gym while the parents can relax and watch airplanes.  Maybe some of these youth will find a career in aviation someday.”

Collin is a sophomore at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati and actively participates in the school band, Mock Trial, and the Historical Wargaming Club.  He is an active member of Troop 135 and a member of The Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society.  Collin plans on finishing his Eagle Scout rank and continuing working with other scouts.

Airport patrons and the general public are invited to utilize the airport viewing area on Taylor Road where you can enjoy the up-close sights and sounds of general aviation.

Source: SportysAirport viewing area upgraded

Airbus orders fly past Boeing in 2015 – European aircraft maker expects to raise deliveries to 650 in 2016

Airbus delivered 635 aircraft last year, a record number … Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Border Affairs Major General Faisal Al- Senin announced that Kuwait International Airport last year registered 10,213,277 activities of
Source: bingAirbus orders fly past Boeing in 2015 – European aircraft maker expects to raise deliveries to 650 in 2016

All pros, no cons

Regardless of what they fly, where they fly, or how they feel about flying, there is one thing all pilots have in common.

We have a restriction that says we have to fly with a flight instructor now and again to demonstrate our proficiency. Most people think of that proficiency requirement as having to do with the ability to control the aircraft, exclusively. I’ll challenge that notion.

Having the capacity to smoothly control the aircraft through all phases of flight is a good thing. In fact, it’s a great thing. It’s what we strive for. At least it’s what most of us strive for.

But there’s something even more important than having a knack for hitting just the right pitch attitude, or the exact power setting, or nailing an airspeed. In fact, the proficiency I’m thinking of may be the most important aspect of flying all together. I am referring to the closely associated abilities to think and reason.

Left to our own devices, humans don’t think or make decisions particularly well. As proof, I offer the following. Go to YouTube.com and search on virtually any topic followed by the word “fail.”

You’ll be surprised at the volume of video evidence that shows the average man or woman to be something less than brilliant in their thoughts or actions. Hair fail, bicycle fail, kitchen fail, golf fail, exercise ball fail. Yes, definitely take a look at exercise ball fail. There it is. Evidence of just how dumb we are when unsupervised and bored.

Think about that for a second. Unsupervised and bored. How many times have you had that exact experience in flight? No matter how much you love to fly, you’ll have to admit, it happens.

Our insurance against becoming fodder for a YouTube expose, or worse, an accident investigation, is the flight instructors we interact with during our flying career.

Whether you’re a hobbyist or a seasoned professional, CFIs will have crossed your path from the first day of your aviation adventures to your last. They’re our safety valve, our secret weapon, the best insurance we’ll ever have against doing something catastrophically stupid in or around an aircraft.

Of course, that assumes you’re dealing with good instructors who take their role in the system seriously. Like every other profession, CFIs are pulled from the ranks of the human population. Some of them are exceptional. Some are absolutely competent. Others are…less so.

One of the most challenging issues I’ve ever faced as an instructor was the flight review. Not mine. No, I mean flight reviews for people who knew me and felt that alone was a sufficient connection to warrant an endorsement. Seriously.

Over the course of my career I’ve had several people suggest that I sign them off just because we know each other. One lamented when I told him that wasn’t going to happen, “Okay, I guess we can take it around the pattern once or twice before you sign me off.”

To this day he and I have never flown together. My signature won’t be found in his logbook, either.

At the coffee shop this morning I ran into a friend who just completed his flight review over the weekend, working with another instructor. He’s a fairly high-time pilot who flies a high performance single under IFR almost exclusively. Consequently, his flight review involved three hours of approaches, holds, diversions, and systems issues. He used the autopilot sparingly, hand flying most of the time. “That’s what I wanted,” he told me.

Good for him. Even though he could find someone to work with who would have given him a less challenging flight and completed the ride in the minimum, one hour of flight time, he’d be the poorer pilot for it. He knows that, and so he willingly works with instructors who are going to help him become a better pilot.

Today, after his flight review, he’s a more knowledgable pilot than he was last week. That being the case, he’s at least incrementally a safer pilot, too.

On the other end of the spectrum is the pilot like my former acquaintance who just wants a pencil-whipped endorsement that pretends to meet the requirements of a flight review, but in reality means nothing. In fact, it is worse than nothing because that superficial level of involvement allows the recipient of the endorsement to keep all their bad habits, to hold close their misconceptions and continue to act as if they’re true, and it reinforces the belief that the regulations have no real value to us on a day-to-day basis.

Be a conscientious consumer. Find a good flight instructor who’s a real pro and make it a practice to work with them from time to time, whether your flight review is due or not.

Make your goal to learn, to improve, and to be both more confident and competent when you fly. In the end, you’ll enjoy your time in the sky more and take greater pride at having earned your pilot certificate.

Or you can go the other way. But remember, that short-cut may come pre-packaged with a high risk of being a featured performer in an Internet video that carries a title which includes the word, “fail.”

Ouch.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAll pros, no cons

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