Europe pilots are being encouraged to install ADS-B Out technology, this improves ‘electronic’ visibility and enhances flight safety.
One pilot set to appreciate the benefits of ADS-B Out is Captain Peter Kuypers. Peter is the skipper of Sally B – Europe’s last remaining airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress.
Peter explained, “We are carrying out vital maintenance before we return to display flying. This will include adding ADS-B to the aircraft. It may seem strange to suggest that a 24 ton aircraft, with a 103 foot wing span needs to be more visible. However, adding a Trig TN70 GPS position source to our Trig transponder makes a lot of sense. Visibility from the pilot seat is not the best and most of our flying is at low altitude, in busy VFR airspace. Having ADS-B Out will enhance our visibility and reduce the potential risk of a collision. In fact, I would encourage all aircraft owners to install Mode S and ADS-B Out equipment, as it will enhance safety – no matter what you fly.”
The addition of ADS-B Out technology has another spin-off. Aircraft enthusiasts will be able to see Sally B, long before her engines can be heard! Popular apps like Flight Radar 24 will display Sally B’s ADS-B Out position as soon as her transponder is switched on. Seeing her ‘live’ as she flies to an airshow is now an added attraction.
“I would encourage all aircraft owners to install Mode S and ADS-B Out equipment”
Aircraft Operator & Team Leader Elly Sallingboe said, “We are grateful to Trig for their continued support. Sally B is also equipped with two Trig radios, these avionics are dependable and really suit the vintage panel. We operate as a charitable trust, and it takes a remarkable group of dedicated volunteers to keep Sally B flying. We are all keen to get Sally B back in the air, display flying whilst honouring the brave veterans, who operated the B-17 in the dark days of World War Two.”
Photo credits – Aviation Photo Crew & Remo Guidi