Before Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, Florida and the Southeast of the U.S., uAvionix announced that it is offering free pingRX UAS Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers to first responders and UAS service organizations taking part in the rescue and recovery efforts associated with the massive storm.

The use of drones in hurricane and natural disaster recovery efforts has increased significantly due to the value of the real-time data collected in combination with ease of deployment.  During the upcoming weeks of recovery and clean-up, good airspace safety practices should be improved with the use of the pingRX systems.

A dual-frequency ADS-B receiver designed to be used by UAS, uAvionix’s pingRX provides the operator with a digital view of ADS-B equipped aircraft in the airspace up to hundreds of miles away.  Local ADS-B traffic is displayed on the Ground Control Station (GCS) display when the receiver is integrated with a compatible autopilot such as ARDUPILOT, Pixhawk, PX4, or the Cube.

The FAA issued a mandate for ADS-B OUT equipage on all manned aircraft by January 1, 2020, and voluntary installation on drones is made possible by miniaturized devices.  Eventually universal equipage for all airspace users should provide a common situational awareness of the airspace and improved safety.