MIT Calls on Pilots for ADS-B Study

Survey intended to gauge value of ADS-B.



A team of researchers at MIT's International Center for Air Transportation is studying the impact of ADS-B traffic and weather services and would like your input. The goal of the study is to determine how pilots value and use these services. ADS-B is a central component of the NextGen air traffic control modernization program.

The service is intended to improve traffic surveillance capabilities by sharing accurate aircraft position information between pilots and air traffic controllers. In addition, ADS-B provides pilots with traffic information for nearby flights (referred to as TIS-B) along with relevant weather and airspace information (referred to as FIS-B). In order to receive these traffic and weather services, a pilot must have appropriate onboard equipment. This equipment could be in the form of installed avionics or a portable ADS-B receiver linked with a display device (such as an iPad or other tablet computer).

Even if you don't currently fly with ADS-B traffic and weather capability, the MIT research team would value input on how you would use this information if you had it. You can participate in the anonymous online survey at

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