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.
The ADS-B grant scheme has now received over 1800 applications and almost 1500 claims since the scheme was launched in March 2020. By the end of March 2022, over $4m will have been put back into the aviation system, providing participants with some welcome relief.
Updated 3 August 2021.
Aircraft owners who meet the criteria below will be eligible for ADS-B grants up to $2500+GST for ADS-B OUT and $500+GST for ADS-B IN. ADS-B grants will be paid up to these maximum amounts as a contribution to the costs associated with purchasing, installing and/or enabling ADS-B capability on eligible aircraft:
The amount of ADS-B grant funding available is capped, therefore grants will be allocated on a first-in first-served basis.
Once an application has been submitted, 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 application process will need to be restarted.
Payment of ADS-B grants will not occur until the CAA is satisfied that the installed equipment and acceptable technical data is suitable, meets the rule requirements, and has been demonstrated to do so.
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 rule change to make ADS-B mandatory for all aircraft in all controlled airspace has now been confirmed. All aircraft operating in controlled airspace beyond 31 December 2022 must transmit ADS-B data that meets minimum performance requirements.
For more information on what is required to comply with the confirmed mandate see the New Southern Sky website(external link).
ADS-B equipment and performance standards in CAA Notice 91.258 [PDF 319 KB]
For more information about installing ADS-B, or about ADS-B equipment, contact your LAME or firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the ADS-B policy in controlled airspace, email email@example.com