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New FAA Safety Warning Highlights Improper ADS-B Testing

By Woodrow Bellamy III | March 1, 2017

Photo: Cobham.

Photo: Cobham

The FAA’s Flight Standards Service issued a new safety warning to aircraft installers regarding reports the agency has received on improper testing of  aircraft air traffic control transponders and ADS-B OUT equipment.

According to the warning, called a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO), at least one report highlights an aircraft's ADS-B testing leading to a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System II Resolution Advisory generating a false airborne target to a Boeing 737 that was on approach at a nearby airport, causing the pilot and air traffic controller's reactions to disrupt arrivals into that airport for a 30-minute period.

Check out the full SAFO here.

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