Matthew Suedkamp
Director, Customer Success

As you’ve probably heard by now, the deadline for complying with the FAA’s ADS-B mandate is rapidly approaching.  As of January 1, 2020, ADS-B will be required in all airspace that requires a transponder. Many operators have been reluctant to complete the requirement before the deadline, despite industry leadership in the FAA, NBAA, and NATA recommending that operators equip their aircraft ASAP.

What is ADS-B? It stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast. It’s satellite-based technology that lets properly equipped aircraft broadcast their precise location to air traffic control, as well as other aircraft. The use of ADS-B will allow the FAA to phase out ground based radar to control air traffic. ADS-B will provide position data to controllers once every second, instead of every 15 seconds that they currently receive from ground-based radar. This will allow much more precise separation of aircraft and introduce greater efficiency in the national airspace system, allowing more direct routes, with greater safety margins.

Many operators have been expecting the FAA to extend the deadline beyond Jan 1, 2020. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case. The FAA has made clear, numerous times, that there will be no more delays. In mid-April, 2017, at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, the FAA’s acting Deputy Administrator Victoria Wassmer stated “I’m going to say this as plainly as I can: The ADS-B equipage deadline is not changing. If you plan to fly your plane in most controlled airspace after December 31, 2019, you’re going to need to install ADS-B.” Without the proper ADS-B equipment, your aircraft will be AOG on January 1, 2020. On a case by case basis, ATC may allow you to take off if you obtain permission from the tower at your destination, but you will be permanently grounded until your aircraft is retrofitted.

With less than a year to go until the deadline, timing is tight to make sure your aircraft are compliant. To make matters worse, there is limited capacity at the majority of MROs to slot in aircraft needing ADS-B equipage. Furthermore, the closer to the deadline an operator gets, the more expensive the work will become. Time is of the essence.

That is where your membership with AVIAA pays off in spades. At AVIAA, we are using our data driven model to ensure that our membership gets access to the parts and maintenance slots they need, at the best possible prices, from vetted suppliers that are already a part of the AVIAA network. If your fleet is still in need of an ADS-B solution, please reach out ASAP so we can work together to solve your ADS-B needs.