To increase safety and efficiency of aircraft travelling through Australian airspace, Airservices Australia will build 13 new Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) ground stations, taking the total number across the continent to 74. Aircraft operating under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) will be required to be fixed with ADS-B GPS equipped technology before 2 February 2017, under a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) direction.
ADS-B “is an air traffic surveillance technology that enables aircraft to be accurately tracked by air traffic controllers and other pilots without the need for conventional radar,” according to Airservices’ website.
ADS-B technologies offer superior:
- Navigation accuracy and aircraft guidance travelling through dangerous weather;
- Targeting for search and rescue in case of accident;
- Situational awareness for pilots and ground control; and
- Flight paths that are more efficient and therefore environmentally friendlier.
“ADS-B equipped aircraft transmit Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data to a ground station twice every second to accurately provide Airservices highly-trained air traffic controllers with radar-like surveillance, predominantly in remote areas where there is no conventional radar coverage,” according to Airservices’ press release.
The locations for the new ADS-B stations are as follows: WA: 6; Victoria: 2; Queensland: 2; NSW: 1; SA: 1; and NT: 1.