Printed headline: ADS-B Down Under
The automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment mandate took effect in Australia Feb 2. Under the new rule, all instrument-flight-rules aircraft operated in Australian airspace must now carry and use suitable ADS-B equipment.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority extended the deadline for privately owned aircraft ADS-B requirements late last year, giving owners an additional three years to get equipped. While the authority initially held fast to the original 2017 deadline for all, proponents praised the delay as giving a reprieve to aircraft owners and operators and better aligning the time line with other large markets (i.e., the U.S. and Europe).
ADS-B is the cornerstone of many air traffic modernization plans around the globe. Credit: Garmin
Australia precedes several other countries that will enforce equipage mandates by or before 2020, including the U.S., Europe, Mexico and Indonesia. Varying mandates are already in effect in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Vietnam.
ADS-B equipment mandates have been progressively implemented in Australia since 2007. The country was the first in the world to commission a continent-wide ADS-B surveillance network in 2009.