gaznav wrote:...Sadly, this is the main real drawback of this system. I would always advocate a ‘nodeless’ system when it comes to collision awareness/avoidance ...
There are 2 principles in which I firmly believe for success:-
Deal with the world as it is, not as you would like it to be
Wishful thinking is unfortunately just that, we have to live in the real world as it exists right now
Allow people to 'bring their baggage'
Changes in technology need to cater for the co-existance and continuation (or phased withdrawal) of existing technology
Absolutely @leemoore1966, to me dealing with the world as it is would have seen other EC devices taking up the offer of low-power ADS-B set out within the CAP1391 process. Further, direct decode of FLARM signals via a £20-£30 licence. That way, no need for a series of ground stations to support the function that could be directly detected in the aircraft - see and BE SEEN has to be the way ahead? As of 2020 all
DJI drones sold will have ‘airsense’ fitted as standard and so any aircraft not fitted will with some form of ADS-B Out transmission will be still invisible to them. ‘Airsense’ is already available for some of their products right now. Now that the CAA have said that PtF aircraft will be able to fly with concurrent Mode 3/A or Mode S non-ES (EASA CofA aircraft are expected to follow soon after before anyone gets too excited) isn’t it time that Pilot Aware offered a low-power CAP1391 option? That way, if everyone is transmitting Class 1, Class 2 or CAP1391 ADS-B there would be no need to have any infrastructure to re-broadcast?
In light of recent developments (the CAA announcement on transponders and the DJI drone “airsense” plan) is it not time to act responsibly to offer a low-power CAP1391 option to Pilot Aware. Surely, it is time for Pilot Aware’s only emission, the P3i, to be consigned to the parts bin?
For those that don’t know about “airsense”, here is a short video. If you want drone pilots to avoid you then get ADS-B Out transmitting from your aircraft - either via your transponder or a CAP1391 low-power device like SkyEcho2.