A Radical Idea – Universal Equipage
I can hear you now already – “but if all drones are equipped with ADS-B out, the spectrum capacity…the clutter, the….” STOP, just…stop…. breathe, and listen. That is not what I mean by universal equipage.
Here’s what I mean, it’s a simple equation –
ADS-B OUT (manned) + ADS-B IN (unmanned) = Airspace Integration*
(*Remember – ADS-B OUT means transmitting, ADS-B IN means receiving)
Here’s something to think about. It’s likely there are already more ADS-B IN equipped drones in the U.S. than active rotorcraft and experimental aircraft combined. Within one year of implementation of DJI’s plan, there will be more ADS-B IN equipped drones than the entire U.S. fleet of manned aircraft.
That’s pretty astounding, and it presents a HUGE opportunity to do more.
Like what? How do we convince the other (roughly) 50% of manned aircraft equipped in order to complete the circle? Per the existing ADS-B mandate – tens of thousands of aircraft aren’t required to equip because they don’t fly in controlled airspace. Yet – I would argue these are the small, low, and slow aircraft that are at the biggest risk of a collision with a drone.