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ADS-B technology for Aviation

Global ATC is transitioning to safer, technology-based systems, which includes ADS-B Out technologies.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Systems, ADS-B technology with 1090 MHz Extended Squitter frequency is trending in airspaces, as International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) mandates move towards technology-based and efficient modernized solutions to determine aircraft positions. For operators, ADS-B Out technologies are an asset to future-proof a fleet for any air space, as they transmit altitude, airspeed, and location of an aircraft equipped with GPS to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and other aircraft in the area.

The FAA requires ADS-B Out capability in the continental United States as part of the NextGen mandate. Today, more and more international airspaces are now adapting to ADS-B Out systems, providing more and more modernized advantages and capabilities from satellite-based technologies.

New Zealand ADS-B Mandate

As part of the New Southern Sky (NSS) program, New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority has extended its ADS-B Out compliance date to December 31, 2022. These regulations follow the current ADS-B mandates that are already in effect for aircraft flying at 24,500 ft. However, the rest of New Zealand’s controlled airspace must now comply by the 2022 deadline.

Financial support is available to aircraft operators, granting up to $2,500 support for operators to cover ADS-B Out technology costs. An additional $500 is available for an ADS-B In upgrade. These funding grants are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more

European ADS-B Mandate

In Europe, aircraft with a Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) dated between June 6, 1995 and December 7, 2020, must meet the Europen ADS-B Out mandate by June 7, 2023. This deadline covers aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight exceeding 12,500 pounds (5,700) kg or having a maximum cruising airspeed capability greater than 250 knots. Aircraft with Certificates of Airworthiness  on or after December 7, 2020, must have an ADS-B Out system onboard to be certified. Aircraft with C of A’s dated before June 6, 1995 are exempt

European operators who have received fiscal support for COVID-19 However, if an operator received EU funding support for COVID-19, they do not get an extension to this 2023 deadline. Read more

Although this extension is being offered in Europe for operators who have yet to equip their aircraft with ADS-B capabilities, if an operator has received European Union (EU) funding support for COVID-19, they are no entitled to this equipage date extension to 2023.

FreeFlight's 1203C SBAS/GNSS Receiver

FreeFlight’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS Receiver

FreeFlight’s Datalink ADS-B Solution 

As the shift for ADS-B technology is taking shape worldwide, more powerful systems operating on the 1090 MHz frequency are also being released to provide greater options for operators to integrate to these new regulations.

For operators requiring an upgrade to support global ADS-B mandate requirements, FreeFlight’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS paired with the Datalink ADS-B In Receiver provides an ideal solution for aircraft to be retrofitted in jurisdictions seeking  ADS-B compliance. The TSO-certified datalink receiver provides a complete inflight traffic weather picture, allowing pilots to receive ADS-B, ADS-R, TIS-B, and FIS-B messages – on both the 1090 MHz and 978MHz frequencies.

With the dual-band option, operators can access a complex variety of interface options to allow more data-driven applications within the cockpit. The dual-band option provides access to WAAS and GPS information by integrating with the 1203C, and allows access to a broad range of applications including ForeFlight, WingX Pro, iFly GPS, eKneeboard, Jeppesen FlightDeck, Avare, and FlyQ EFB.

Ultimately, these programs provide pilots with more modernized abilities to fly safely and more efficiently within more air spaces.

To learn more about FreeFlight’s Datalink ADS-B In and ADS-B Out solution, go to https://go.freeflightsystems.com/datalink