ADS-B Improves Air Traffic Control, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

A new air traffic control system that is generating headlines is the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) which commenced service in Canada in January 2009.  ADS-B uses GPS information to replace radar when tracking planes.  It is more accurate and faster than radar, allowing planes to travel more closely together safely.  Jets flying under ADS-B surveillance need to be only five miles apart under current standards, even in remote places such as the Earth’s poles or over oceans where radar coverage is not possible.  ADS-B expanded in 2009 with additional receivers on the east coast of Canada and Greenland.  In 2010…

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