What is ADS-B?

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a system in which electronic equipment onboard an aircraft automatically broadcasts the precise location of the aircraft using the aircraft’s transponder. It supports the FAA’s Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, or NextGen. Air traffic control and aircraft separation is shifting from ground-based radar to satellite-derived positions.

Who needs ADS-B?

In the US, if you operate in airspace that currently requires a Mode C or Mode S transponder, you’ll need to be equipped with ADS-B “Out” by 2020.

When should I get equipped?

Thousands of aircraft still need to be updated. There are a limited number of avionics installers with many booking six months out. Given the large volume of aircraft remaining, NEA is encouraging operators to secure an appointment as quickly as possible. The deadline for compliance is January 1, 2020.

Will the FAA extend the deadline?

The FAA has indicated they will NOT extend the January 1, 2020 deadline.

What are the benefits of ADS-B?

Firstly, you won’t be grounded for noncompliance. Additionally, ADS-B represents a leap forward in pilot situational awareness and will greatly enhance the safety of all those in the air. Air traffic controllers will be able to reduce congestion, noise, emission and fuel consumption through more efficient routing and resource management.

What is the FAA’s $500 ADS-B incentive?

The FAA is offering a $500 rebate to single engine piston aircraft operators. The rebate is available through October 11, 2019 (or until funds are exhausted). The operator must go to FAA’s website to reserve their rebate.  

What should I do now?

Please contact NEA’s avionics department at 207-874-4719. We can help you find the right ADS-B solution for your aircraft. We represent many major avionics brands and have already completed numerous installs.