One goal of LD-CAP is to inform the general aviation community regarding the benefits of a cooperative airspace and the use of ADS-B technology. This outreach is being accomplished through several efforts. One is the purchase of certified ADS-B units that are 2020-rule compliant and offer a display capability (ADS-B In and Out features). These are being provided to pilots that fly in North Dakota airspace regularly. This outreach is being enabled through the assistance of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission (NDAC). The equipment will be installed on aircraft and become property of the aircraft owner. This effort enables pilots to obtain free avionics that will increase their safety while flying in the national airspace system (NAS). It also increases the cooperative nature of the NAS in North Dakota.
As an additional part of this effort, UND has developed the following instructional videos for ADS-B installers and users. The videos provide “lessons learned” by UND installers, gained during the outfitting of the UND Aerospace aircraft fleet, and a useful overview for pilots to help them understand the many advantages of having ADS-B installed.
ADS-B Installation Primer
The ADS-B Advantage
Certified avionics will be purchased in two separate transactions. The first is the purchase of ten Garmin GDL-88 ADS-B units, 10 Garmin GDL-39 units, and 10 Ipads. The GDL-88 is an IN/OUT capable ADS-B unit. However, the aircraft into which these units will be installed may not have display units. Therefore, an inexpensive display capability will be provided using the GDL-39 and an Ipad running the Garmin PilotTM application. The second purchase will be for advanced ADS-B units manufactured by Appareo Systems. Portable ADS-B In only capabilities are also available through the Appareo Systems Status 2 receiver that uses the ForeFlight Mobile application.
The North Dakota State University (NDSU) Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering is miniaturizing a radio transceiver to incorporate in new ADS-B equipment having reduced size, weight, and power consumption. This miniaturized system would enable use on small airborne objects such as UAS, parachutists, balloons, etc. This research and development activity is funded by the LD-CAP program.
The equipage of ADS-B on currently non-transponding aircraft will greatly increase the cooperative nature of North Dakota Airspace, which will support LD-CAP testing and likely enhance safety in eastern ND.
For more information about this outreach effort, please contact:
The Center for UAS Research, Education and Training
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Clifford Hall Room 260
3980 Campus Road, Stop 9007
Grand Forks ND 58202-9007