With nine months until January 1, 2020, too many aircraft remain non-compliant with the ADS-B Out mandate raising concerns within the FAA and NBAA. Dave Higdon explores those concerns…
Last Monday, NBAA and FAA combined their voices to put across their message loud and clear: Time is short, and the ADS-B installation slots are already backing up. Failure to comply by January 1 WILL bring significant consequences.
In their joint letter to business aircraft operator, the two organizations warned:
- Without ADS-B, your operation will not be able to continue flights into any of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.
- Additionally, you will be required to fly at lower, less efficient altitudes.
- If you have not yet installed rule-compliant ADS-B Out equipment, or scheduled an appointment, you are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible.
This message should come as no surprise to members of the aviation community, given the time that has elapsed since the FAA published its ADS-B mandate in May 2010.
ADS-B represents one of the most-significant steps in implementing its Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), and the goal of ADS-B is to replace radar-based aircraft position reporting for air traffic control (ATC) using flight data derived from WAAS GPS receivers.
- The rule requires ADS-B Out in Class A airspace – that’s at and above Flight Level 180 – as well as in areas surrounding Class B and Class C airports.
- The FAA rule also mandates ADS-B equipage for operations in Class E airspace throughout the contiguous United States, at and above 10,000 feet MSL, excluding operations at and below 2,500 feet above ground level.
- The system also is required for flying at and above 3,000 feet MSL within 12 nautical miles of the US Gulf Coast.
Time and Shop Capacity in Short Supply
The letter, signed by acting FAA administrator Dan Elwell and NBAA president Ed Bolen further noted that many aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations are reporting near-capacity ADS-B installation schedules.
With time running very short, that scarcity of installation capacity adds urgency to the need for operators to schedule their installation soon to ensure their aircraft comply and continue flying in controlled airspace after December 31, 2019.
The letter from the FAA and NBAA comes as part of an overall effort to provide resources for ADS-B compliance. Those with questions concerning ADS-B compliance can contact NBAA senior manager, Flight Operations and Regulations Brian Koester.
“Although our industry has made great strides toward increasing ADS-B equipage rates ahead of the deadline, there is still work to be done,” Bolen added.
“Operators need to equip for ADS-B to ensure they may continue flying in support of companies and communities into 2020 and beyond.”