New ADS-B stations go live

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The new Stratus weather receiver generated a lot of interest at the recent Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in in Florida. It uses ADS-B to deliver in-flight weather to the iPad, without a monthly subscription fee. One of the questions that first comes up is, “when will my area get ADS-B coverage?” The good news is that much of the US is already covered (see map). In addition, the FAA is rapidly building out the ADS-B ground network, and full coverage of the US is expected in 2013. The project is actually ahead of schedule.

ADS-B coverage map
Current ADS-B coverage is quite good (map shows coverage at roughly 1000 ft. AGL).

Recently, a host of new stations came on line:

  • Andrews AFB (ADW)
  • Austin (AUS)
  • Baltimore (BWI)
  • Columbus (CSG)
  • Corpus Christi (CRP)
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)
  • Dulles (IAD)
  • El Paso (ELP)
  • Harlingen (HRL)
  • Lynchburg (LYH)
  • Midland (MAF)
  • Patuxent River NA (NHK)
  • Reagan National (DCA)
  • Roswell (ROW)
  • San Angelo (Mathis) (SJT)
  • San Antonio (SAT)

When the entire ADS-B system is complete, coverage will look like this:

ADS-B coverage map, final

Sporty’s is hosting a free webinar on ADS-B, coming up on April 19. The hour-long presentation will cover ADS-B basics, current regulations and more information on the Stratus. Register here.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. braindead in vt
    what gives with current blue nmap showing coverage at 1000, but ultimate showing coverage at 1800? which is less?

      • No, he’s right. The second map shows blue areas where coverage is at 1800 ft.

        Drew, to answer your question, the FAA’s map is what they’re guaranteeing. In our experience, you get a station below what the FAA shows.

  2. Curious that the the last section to be built out is tornado alley, but the southwest part of the US with continous VFR weather is completely covered.

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