The acceptance of ADS-B In by the General Aviation community is a major point of contention between the FAA and AOPA over equipage of this essential NextGen instrument. An MIT study supports the contention that these Part 91 pilots “value ADS-B In traffic and weather information as a tool to increase situational awareness, decision-making capability and safety,” but that may not be the full story.
The questionnaire was distributed by Flying Enews and of the1,407 pilots who responded to the survey, 56 percent indicated that they had used ADS-B traffic and weather services. A higher percentage of pilots reported using portable ADS-B In systems (82 percent) versus installed panel-mounted systems (28 percent). The results included several other specific comments about the value of this NextGen enhancement.
Price is a major point of contention for AOPA and the MIT does not appear to plumb that dimension of the debate. Affirming that the ADS-B In equipment adds to the GA pilots’ ability to fly more safely is an important fact, but in order to respond to the AOPA criticism about the cost of the equipment.
ARTICLE: MIT Study Reveals Pilots Satisfied with ADS-B