I’m a graduate student at the MIT International Center for Air Transportation, currently conducting a survey on ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast) technology with various types of pilots. The MIT International Center for Air Transportation has been tasked by the FAA to identify potential ADS-B applications which would benefit flight operations.
ADS-B is an alternative to radar where aircraft broadcast their altitude, heading, GPS driven position and other information to ground stations and other aircraft. The ADS-B datalink can also be used to uplink weather and traffic information to the cockpit. ADS-B is a fundamental element of ATC modernization plans in the US and other parts of the world.
We are actively looking for pilot input into this process and are asking you to participate in a short web based survey. We are very interested in getting representation from all aviation segments which could potentially benefit from ADS-B including Helicopter, Fixed Wing, Part 135 operations, Part 121 operations, and the military.
The survey can be found at http://web.mit.edu/~elester/www/online_survey/. It does not require any prior knowledge about ADS-B and should take less than 10 minuets to complete.