My name is Glen Maxson.  I’m a private pilot, and recently retired from Intel Corporation.  Before my 16 year career with Intel in Folsom CA, I worked for Boeing in the Seattle area for 16 years, first with their Propulsion Technology group (BCAC), then with their Information Technology group (BCS) for the majority of my years there.  Infrastructure services, information management, leading edge technologies and security services provided me with interesting work at both companies until retirement in January 2011.

My primary qualifications for putting myself in the middle of an ADS-B discussion include my passion for aviation AND technology, and my knowledge of what it takes to deploy and manage complex infrastructure services including systems, information, services, security and support.

ADS-B has much in common with complex information delivery systems within large organizations, but there are also some differences.  Unlike enterprise systems, the end user (aircraft owner) is being asked to invest a substantial amount of money in equipment that is required to make the overall ‘system’ work effectively, and they’re being asked to do this without a clear benefit (ROI).

It’s expected that ADS-B will deliver a significant improvement in safety and cockpit workload, and it will enable a new class of applications that improve situational awareness by providing critical, timely information to the pilot.  Questions remain though, when we will realize these benefits and at what cost to the general aviation community?

Like you, I’m trying to figure this out, and am willing to invest some effort into understanding all the facts and finding the most sensible path to compliance.