Video tip: How pilots and ATC benefit from ADS-B


The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system was designed to replace the ground-based radar system used by ATC to track air traffic throughout the US. All aircraft are required to have an ADS-B compatible transponder when flying in busy airspace, like Class B, C and above 10,000′ MSL. This week’s tip explains how the ADS-B system works and how you can also benefit from in-flight traffic and weather services offered by the system.

The video clip below is from Sporty’s 2021 Learn to Fly Course

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Bret is vice president and senior flight instructor for Sporty's Academy. In addition to Bret's teaching responsibilities, Bret leads Sporty's video production and app development team and serves as editor of the popular iPad Pilot News online journal. As an airline transport pilot, Bret is a senior captain in Sporty's corporate flight department.