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 1090ES: Mode S Extended Squitter Transponder. An ADS-B transceiver operating on one of two FAA-approved datalink frequencies. It operates on 1090 MHz, using a Mode S Extended Squitter transponder (1090ES for short, referring to the ADS-B information appended to the Mode S data). 1090ES is the international standard; in the United States, it is required for operations above 18,000 feet and for Part 135 operations. While the 1090 ES datalink provides traffic information, it does not receive weather data.

ADS-B: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast. In this core technology behind the FAA’s Next-Generation Air Traffic Control System, a datalink transceiver automatically broadcasts the aircraft’s location and other data at regular intervals. The system doesn’t wait to be interrogated, like a transponder.

ADS-R: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Rebroadcast. ADS-B has two datalink systems, and because they use different frequencies, they can’t talk to each other. Enter ADS-R, a ground-based system which relays 978-MHz UAT traffic to 1090-MHz Mode S Extended Squitter traffic, and vice versa. In areas with radar service, information on non-ADS-B aircraft is broadcast to aircraft equipped with ADS-B In.

TIS-B: Traffic Information Service Broadcast. TIS-B is an uplink of radar-identified traffic from ground stations to ADS-B-equipped aircraft. This traffic can be displayed in panel-mounted avionics, or on a tablet or other electronic display, along with ADS-B traffic received directly or via ADS-R.

FIS-B: Fight Information Service-Broadcast. FAA ground stations transmit FIS-B—which includes no-fee weather, temporary flight restrictions, and other data—over the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) datalink frequency. FIS-B is considered an advisory service and includes METARs and TAFs; Nexrad precipitation maps; airmets, sigmets, and convective sigmets; winds and temperatures aloft; pireps; TFRs; and status of special use airspace.

CDTI: Cockpit Display of Traffic Information. Traffic information received via ADS-B—whether directly, via ADS-R, or through TIS-B—is displayed on a multifunction display (MFD), other panel-mounted avionics, or on an iPad or other portable electronic device.

UAT: Universal Access Transceiver. An ADS-B transceiver operating on one of two FAA-approved datalink frequencies. A UAT operates on 978 MHz (978UAT). Equipment costs generally are lower than for 1090ES, and this frequency can receive free traffic and weather information (the UAT must also support the optional ADS-B In). The United States is the only country using the UAT standard.