The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Airspace4All and Barton aerodrome, near Manchester, are launching an electronic conspicuity trial for GA aircraft

The aerodrome, also known as City Airport, has fitted a new Uavonix ADS-B receiver, able to detect signals from suitably equipped aircraft across a wide area of the UK.

The trial will actively monitor an area of 10 miles around the airfield to plot aircraft positions and to provide generic traffic information and controlled airspace proximity warnings to aircraft in the vicinity. Specific traffic information or deconfliction advice will not be given however.

It is hoped the trial will prove that ADS-B technology can offer significant safety benefits to GA pilots and smaller aerodromes.

Steve Cooper, a FISO at Barton, explains in more detail here

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