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Native support for the uAvionix PingX ADS-B receiver is now available in beta of the 3.4 code for Copter, Plane and Helicopter.  Below is the procedure for loading the firmware on your Pixhawk/APM autopilot to visualize ADS-B compliant aircraft in your operational vicinity.

  • Verify that you are running the latest version of Mission Planner
  • Open Mission Planner and click “Install Firmware” from the “Initial Setup” window
  • Use the Hot Key command “Ctrl Q” to access Beta/Trunk firmware (V3.4dev) and click load
  • Once the firmware update is complete, power cycle the autopilot
  • Verify a successful update by viewing “Flight Data–Message” window located in the bottom left corner of Mission Planner
  • Set ADSB_ENABLE to “1” in the Mission Planner parameters list
  • The default plug-in on the Pixhawk autopilot for pingRX remains TELEM2
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  • ADS-B Out in Australia is mandatory for all IFR aircraft from Feburary 2017. There is not requirement for VFR aircraft.

  • Can it support a Sagetech Transponder ADSBin Broadcast mode?

  • uAvionix has some interesting products, but there is one significant error throughout their web site:

    ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) helps aircraft operators sense and avoid possible collisions. ADS-B is mandated by the FAA for all aircraft in the U.S. National Airspace by 2020

    This is incorrect, there are a number of manned aircraft and aerial vehicle types currently exempt from the FAA 2020 mandate, including Part 103 ultralights, balloons, gliders, and powered aircraft originally certified without an electrical system (of which there are still quite a few).  As such, ADS-B receivers will not be a 100% solution to the sense an avoid problem as of 2020.

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