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Should I get an ADS-B Receiver

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Hi - I recently got my PPL and am filling out my flight bag with fun toys - er, I mean, safety equipment.  This includes a cellular ipad mini with foreflight and a backup handheld (Sporty's SP-400).  I'm wondering whether I should add an ADS-B receiver as well - mainly for weather.  I belong to a flying club, and so the unit would need to be portable since the plane isn't "mine" and I fly 2 club planes.  If the answer is "yes, it would be a good idea for a <100hrs VFR pilot to have ADS-B", then do you have any suggestions as to specific products?  Thanks for any info.

 

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Jeff

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  1. Ken White on Apr 20, 2017

    It’s not a bad idea for you to have an ADS-B in receiver, it’s nice to have the weather stream if the planes you’re flying don’t have XM weather. Just be aware that the weather you get via ADS-B should only be used for what I call strategic decision making due to the potential for a lengthy delay in the weather you’re seeing on the screen and the actual weather outside.

    You’ll also want to do a little reading to understand the limitations of the traffic picture you’ll be seeing if you’re not in an ADS-B out equipped airplane though.

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