Traffic information service – broadcast

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Traffic information service – broadcast (TIS–B) is an aviation information service that allows pilots to see aircraft that are not emitting ADS-B data but have a basic transponder.

As aircraft are discovered by primary radar and respond with encoded altitude information, this information is broadcast over ADS-B. These near real time positions and ground track in 45 degree increments of other nearby aircraft are received as either a "traffic advisory" or "proximate" intruder, for the purposes of collision avoidance. It presents to the pilot a combined representation of aircraft positions derived from GPS satellite and ground-based radar data, specifically: aircraft's replies to ATC interrogations (i.e., they are responses to queries as sent to the aircraft from air traffic controller on the ground).[1][2]

TIS-B is broadcast to aircraft using both the 1090 MHz extended squitter (1090 ES) and the universal access transceiver (UAT) band of Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B).[3] Currently the service mainly benefits general aviation (GA) aircraft equipped with ADS-B "in" hardware by providing a traffic information relay to a screen in the cockpit. In order to use TIS, the client and any intruder aircraft must be equipped with the appropriate cockpit equipment and fly within the radar coverage of a Mode S radar capable of providing TIS. Typically, this will be within 55 NM of these sites.

At this time TIS–B is meant to be only a supplement to visual separation from other aircraft when operating in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) and as a backup to radar, which in remote areas only updates every 13 seconds, when operating under instrument flight rules (IFR).[4]


  1. ^ "Ins and Outs". 15 April 2022. Retrieved 18 June 2022. To qualify as a TIS-B target, an aircraft must be equipped with a transponder, and be within radar coverage.
  2. ^ "AC 900114B Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Operations" (PDF). 30 December 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2022. 2 TIS-B. TIS-B is the broadcast of transponder-based Mode C or Mode S traffic information derived from ATC surveillance systems. TIS-B provides ADS-B In-equipped aircraft with a more complete picture of surrounding traffic in situations where not all aircraft are equipped with ADS-B. An aircraft or vehicle that is ADS-B Out and is receiving TIS-B service is known as a TIS-B client. A non-ADS-B-equipped aircraft or vehicle that has its position transmitted in TIS-B reports is known as a TIS-B target. See paragraph 2.3.5 for TIS-B client qualification criteria.
  3. ^ "New Technology – ADS-B, TIS-B, and FIS-B" (PDF). FAA - Air Traffic Bulletin - Special. August 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2012.
  4. ^ Tom Benenson (30 October 2005). "Mysteries of ADS-B - FLYING Magazine". FLYING Magazine. Retrieved 18 June 2022. The uplink of non-ADS-B traffic is referred to as Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B). Because the uplinked radar information is not as accurate as the ADS-B targets, the icon on the cockpit display for "degraded" non-ADS-B traffic looks a bit like a Pacman that's had a bite taken out of its backside; the ADS-B traffic is displayed as a chevron or arrow head pointing in its direction of movement.});