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ADS-B integration into RPAS Mark Mansfield reports

PARAMOUNT ADVANCED Technologies (ATE) recently hosted its quarterly UAV User Forum, with the emphasis on “Controlled Airspace: How We Can Co-Exist.

In his address to the audience, Ralph Mills, CEO ATE, said that the rate of technological advancements in the RPAS industry was enabling operators on a scale never seen before.

He, however, cautioned that the greatest challenge facing the RPAS industry was the inhibiting regulations and the ability of regulators to keep up with the pace of these changes. Delivering the keynote address was Deon Polley, CEO of Aerial Vision, who referred to how RPAS could be safely integrated into controlled airspace by utilising the latest ADS-B transponder technology. He presented a practical demonstration showcasing a Ping200S - a new Mode S ADS-B transponder fitted to a DJI Inspire 1 consumer drone.

The ping200S is the world’s smallest, lightest, most affordable and FCC approved full range Mode c and Mode S ADS-B transponder. At less than 80 grams, it provides cooperation with radar systems in the national airspace. The ping200S also transmits ADS-B out on 1090Mhz.

The current South African Civil Aviation (SACAA) regulations Part 101 mandates any RPAS operating in controlled airspace to be fitted with either a Mode C or Mode S transponder, capable of displaying the unique squawk code issued to them.

The ping200S’s added ADSB capability makes it visible not only to ATC, but to other operators in possession of an ADS-B receiver or any aircraft pilot using an ADS-B receiver compatible electronic flight bag application, such as FlightRadar24.......................... For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.

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