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.

ADS-B grant scheme information

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.

ADS-B grant announced for GA

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.

ADS-B grant eligibility criteria
  • Aircraft owners are eligible for a grant if they install ADS-B certified equipment in their aircraft that meet the Notice requirements (Notice 91.258) and where the installation has been completed in accordance with acceptable technical data.
  • The ADS-B OUT grant can only be used for the contribution of up to $2500 plus GST for costs of enabling ADS-B OUT on the aircraft (e.g. equipment purchase, hardware installation, software enablement.)
  • The ADS-B IN grant can be used for a contribution of up to $500 plus GST to the costs of acquiring and installing a suitable ADS-B IN capability in their aircraft.
  • Compliant ADS-B equipment installed from 14 June 2014 is eligible for a retrospective grant.
  • The aircraft must be on the New Zealand Register at the time of application.
  • If the aircraft has multiple owners, only one application can be made.
  • ‘Ownership’ for these purposes is that determined by the name under which the aircraft appears on the New Zealand Register.
  • Aircraft owners are eligible for one grant for ADS-B OUT, and one grant for ADS-B IN per New Zealand registered aircraft.
  • The amount of funding available to cover the grant is capped, therefore grants will be allocated on a first in first served basis.
  • The grant cannot be used for installations that occur at the time of aircraft manufacture or prior to arrival in New Zealand.
  • The grant cannot be used if an ADS-B system is being installed to replace another older Notice compliant version of ADS-B.
  • The grant cannot be used if an ABS-B system is intended to be installed on an aircraft with a Maximum Certified Take-Off Weight of 7500kg or more.
  • Grant applicants cannot apply into the scheme until installation has been booked with a workshop, or installation has already occurred. The equipment to be installed, and the acceptable technical data used to install the equipment, must have been previously accepted by the CAA.
  • Once the grant scheme process has been entered, evidence of acceptable installation and testing must be provided to the CAA, and approved, within six months. If this is not received within six months, then the application will be rejected and the process will need to be restarted. Please note, grant payment will not be provided until the CAA is satisfied that the equipment and acceptable technical data is suitable, meets the rule requirements, and has been demonstrated to do so.

Details of the proposed ADS-B mandate

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).

Learn more about equipping with ADS-B

ADS-B equipment and performance standards (external link)in CAA Notice 91.258

How to get ADS-B installed on your aircraft(external link)

The benefits of ADS-B(external link)

For more information about installing ADS-B, or about ADS-B equipment, contact your LAME or

For information about the ADS-B policy in controlled airspace, email