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Jan 21, 2019
Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) is a long term and a technical subject. KTRK is not covered by radar. ADS-B is the Next Generation solution mandated by the FAA for air traffic control in the national air space across the U.S. skies by January 1, 2020. It’s designed to act as a data network of satellite and ground station coverage painting a full traffic picture for pilots and air traffic controllers.
The Truckee Tahoe Airport District (TTAD) has been working to gain FAA permission to add ADS-B surveillance service at KTRK for the past two years. In early August the FAA approved TTAD to enter negotiations with Harris Corporation to design and build an ADS-B station providing airborne coverage of aircraft from the ground to the flight levels over KTRK. Staff expects a contract and a final plan for installation, pending final Board approval in early 2019. The advanced air traffic control system is estimated to cost approximately $2M.
The benefits? SAFETY, reduction of community annoyance, enhanced situational awareness, better operational data, and an airport ready to meet the transportation needs of our community. The District is also studying any unintended impacts ADS-B may have for the community. To view a short 2 minute video of ADS-B click the link at the top of the page.