Quiz: Do you know all about ADS-B traffic?

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To say that the system surrounding ADS-B traffic is confusing would be an understatement. UAT, TIS-B, 1090ES, ADS-B Out, ADS-R, FIS-B and the list of acronyms goes on, but what is really essential to get accurate and reliable traffic in the cockpit?

While portable ADS-B receivers for the iPad (like the Garmin GDL 39 and the Stratus 2S) have made traffic in the cockpit much more accessible, it can be hard to know if you’re seeing everything that’s out there. Take this quiz and test if you can spot the traffic at 12 o’clock high or if you need to check your six.

1. As part of the FAA's NextGen ADS-B air traffic system, what is the service that provides the altitude, ground track, speed and distance of aircraft flying in radar contact to other aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out transponders.
1. As part of the FAA's NextGen ADS-B air traffic system, what is the service that provides the altitude, ground track, speed and distance of aircraft flying in radar contact to other aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out transponders.
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2. If you are not ADS-B Out equipped but flying near another aircraft that is, then you will see all Mode C traffic.
2. If you are not ADS-B Out equipped but flying near another aircraft that is, then you will see all Mode C traffic.
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3. In order to receive a custom traffic data package from the ADS-B network of ground stations, you must first do what?
3. In order to receive a custom traffic data package from the ADS-B network of ground stations, you must first do what?
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4. If you have a portable 978 MHz UAT single band ADS-B receiver for your iPad, you will never see traffic that is transmitting on 1090 MHz.
4. If you have a portable 978 MHz UAT single band ADS-B receiver for your iPad, you will never see traffic that is transmitting on 1090 MHz.
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5. To view traffic in ForeFlight when using a Stratus ADS-B receiver, you must first
5. To view traffic in ForeFlight when using a Stratus ADS-B receiver, you must first
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6. What size is the traffic "hockey puck" that ground stations transmit to participating ADS-B out equipped aircraft?
6. What size is the traffic
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Do you know your ADS-B traffic? You got out of 6 right!

Read our ADS-B Traffic 101 for in-depth description on how the system will effect you as a pilot.

3 COMMENTS

  1. how about this question
    In Alaska were we have only 20% of the ground base station needed what idiot would buy ads-b out?

  2. If you are an Instrument rated pilot and want to fly IFR in Alaska, the only way ATC will see you is if you have ADS-B out. The ADS-B coverage is around all the populated areas in Alaska. The weather can get really poor in Alaska and ADS-B out will be more needed there than other parts of the USA.

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