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ADS-B On Non-Electric Aircraft? We Answer Your Top Questions

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1. My aircraft has a battery to power the radio and transponder. Is that considered an electrical system? No. 🚫

2. My aircraft has a battery which means I am not required to equip with ADS-B Out, so does that mean I can fly in any airspace I want? No. 🚫

3. Can I install a battery-powered ADS-B Out system? Yes. 👍

4. What if I have an experimental airworthiness certificate, do I have to install ADS-B Out? No. 🚫

5. What are the configuration requirements for the ADS-B Out system, and how do I know it’s working? ☑️

6. I am not required to equip with ADS-B Out, but are there any benefits to installing a system anyway? Yes. 👍

Jim Kenney and Paul VonHoene are aviation safety inspectors in the FAA’s Flight Standards Flight Operations Branch. Matt Haskin is an aerospace engineer in Aircraft Information Systems at the FAA.
This article was originally published in the September/October 2021 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine.
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