Electronic Conspicuity (EC) is an umbrella term for a range of technologies that, in their most basic form, transmit the position of the host aircraft to other airspace users operating compatible equipment. More advanced devices can also transmit and receive, displaying and alerting pilots to other/conflicting traffic who have compatible EC devices. EC devices turn [...]
For now, yes. But many other European countries are exploring the concept, and it is possible that EASA may adopt the concept under a harmonized standard. EC devices are not approved for use in the U.S.A.
The SkyEcho (ATT-20B) is a portable device that you can take with you from aircraft to aircraft and does not require physical or electrical installation into the airframe. EC devices use a 24-bit address in the same way as a transponder. This usually forms part of an aircraft's Certificate of Registration. However, as an EC [...]
The SkyEcho is both an ADS-B IN (receive) and ADS-B OUT (transmit) device. Range is a function of transmit power. The SkyEcho has a 20 watt transmit power, which will allow you to BE SEEN by other aircraft and ATC for up to 70km (~40 NM) away. Depending on the output power of other aircraft, [...]
The ADS-B standard frequency for most of the world (all but the U.S.) is 1090Mhz. In the U.S. 1090Mhz as well as 978Mhz is used. SkyEcho transmits and receives on 1090Mhz.
Yes! SkyEcho has built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that allows you to connect and display nearby traffic on a compatible app. SkyEcho uses a common interface format called GDL 90. As of now (Nov 2016), SkyDemon, Foreflight, Avare, Naviator, iFly 740 and FltPlan Go are a few of the compatible applications. If you are a developer and [...]
Yes. Any aircraft equipped with ADS-B IN capability can see you. This includes other EC devices as well as installed avionics, and other third party systems such as the Garmin GDL39, PilotAware and Flarm.
Yes ATC can see you if you are transmitting within range of an ATC ADS-B ground station radio.
EC systems are designed for aircraft to aircraft visibility. An EC device will not meet standards to allow you to enter controlled airspace of a class in which a transponder is mandatory or a Transponder Mandatory zone (TMZ). In addition, EC device transmission must be deactivated when used in an aircraft with an Extended Squitter (ES) [...]
The echo iOS app is a configuration app that allows you to configure device settings, including setting the ICAO address and enabling/disabling the transmit function. The echo iOS app is not a moving map or traffic display app. For this functionality, you will need to pair with a compatible application such as SkyDemon or your [...]