Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) is an aircraft surveillance system.
Aircraft receive accurate and precise location data from a satellite constellation and then broadcast this information through a transponder. This data can then be used by air traffic management services to maintain aircraft separation.
If you are the owner of a New Zealand-registered aircraft, you may be eligible for financial support to help you equip with ADS-B.
The Government announced a $12.5 million grant scheme in October 2019, designed to support the uptake of ADS-B technology in New Zealand aircraft.
If you and your aircraft meet the eligibility criteria set out below, you will be able to claim up to $2,500 plus GST to equip with ADS-B OUT, with an additional $500 plus GST available for those who equip with ADS-B IN.
The grant will apply restrospectively, with compliant ADS-B equipment installed since 14 June 2014 eligibile for grant funding.
The Civil Aviation Authority is currently developing the application process and administration system for the grant scheme. Further details and an indicative timeline will be announced in early 2020.
As part of the New Southern Sky (NSS) programme, Airways is moving to Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B). The current secondary radar service will be replaced by ADS-B as the main source of surveillance information for separation of aircraft in controlled airspace.
The CAA proposed rule change would make ADS-B mandatory for all aircraft in controlled airspace below Flight Level 245 from 31 Dec 2021.
ADS-B policy discussion document [PDF 585 KB] - submissions on the ADS-B consultation closed in April 2019. A final policy decision on the proposed 2021 ADS-B Mandate is yet to be made by Cabinet.
For more information on what is required to comply with the proposed mandate see the New Southern Sky website(external link).
ADS-B equipment and performance standards (external link)in CAA Notice 91.258
For more information about installing ADS-B, or about ADS-B equipment, contact your LAME or email@example.com
For information about the ADS-B policy in controlled airspace, email firstname.lastname@example.org