ADS-B Kite Farm Compliance
- ADS-B is the NextGen airspace awareness avionics standard mandatory by 2020. In brief, ADS-B consists of a network of processors and ground transmitters serving realtime air traffic, weather, and other data (ADS-B In) to users, as supplied by transmitters on all aircraft, weather radars, and other servers (ADS-B Out). Great gains in aviation safety and flight planning efficiency will result.AWES Kite Farms will be regulated both as aircraft (and as obstructions). As aircraft, they will have to comply with ADS-B Out GPS reporting requirements (and ADS-B supported PIREPS and NOTAM). Constant kite farm data reporting will allow for kites to hop up and down according to the wind and range freely within their scope, with all local air traffic aware of the kite array state and location, freeing up open airspace. In case of a runaway kiteplane event, ADS-B will be an essential emergency requirement for a safe recovery.ADS-B In will be especially valuable for Kite Farms to perform the FAA mandated Sense-and-Avoid UAS requirement with micro-meteorological data integrated in the display interface. Our current R&D standard, of using human eyes-and-ears (by the FAA required PIC and VO) has definite limitations that ADS-B will resolve. ADS-B is especially intended to track airplanes even on the ground, so our provisional AWES airspace with its 2000' regulatory ceiling is well covered.Costs will be reasonable; under a thousand dollars for amazingly capable ADS-B units.