Last week, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), which is the regulatory entity responsible for civil aviation throughout Australia, announced that they are formally pushing back their mandated deadline for the installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out equipment in their latest monthly update.
Let’s examine the key takeaways from this decision, and any potential impact they may have on the US ADS-B mandate.
Firstly, it has to be understood that the Australians tried to adopt a very forward-thinking approach towards their NextGen avionics deployment; their original mandated date for installation was far ahead of the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, this approach ultimately caused more problems that it solved, for a variety of reasons. The OEM’s of ADS-B equipment did not fully finish bringing their solutions to the general market until a scant 24 months before the mandate was to become law. This was mainly due to avionics shops and OEM’s operating in Australia being unable to receive quick government approval and certification of the various systems utilized by ADS-B technology.
This announcement by Australia now brings them into alignment with what is rapidly becoming a worldwide date of the agreement between the various civil aviation authorities in many countries on the date of their ADS-B mandates. Unsurprisingly, this agreement has coalesced around the FAA’s mandate timeline, for obvious commercial reasons.
At the Equip ADS-B Marketplace, we believe that this convergence is indicative of the fact that no extensions to the mandate will be offered. Governments and aviation authorities worldwide can present a relatively united front that aircraft owners, operators, and pilots will not likely be able to ignore – so please remember to plan accordingly.
As always, the Marketplace is ready and willing to assist you in this regard. We are a one-stop shop for news and information relevant to ADS-B activity all around the globe for owners and operators looking to get their questions answered, and we believe our cutting-edge insights can help avionics shops gain valuable information relative to which ADS-B solutions are proving in high demand or represent an underserviced constituency.
Please continue to follow us here at the Marketplace, and if you haven’t already registered your aircraft for ADS-B service, you may want to check out our 100 pilot consultation program, which is currently running as we approach formal site launch.