Equipping for ADS-B

 - December 4, 2013, 12:30 AM

In an article in the October issue (“ADS-B Coming Soon to Asian Airspace”), AIN provided details about the upcoming ADS-B out mandates in Australia, some Asian countries, Europe and the U.S. An alert reader pointed out that there is a wrinkle that operators should be aware of: some of the mandates in Asia require equipment that meets DO-260 or -260A standards, which are less stringent than the DO-260B standards required in the U.S. and Europe. This could affect the cost and complexity of equipment upgrades. As he pointed out, “If you meet the FAA and European requirement, you do meet the Asian requirement but if you meet the minimal Asian requirement, you do not meet the FAA/Europe requirements.”

Operators might also want to know that at the NBAA Convention in October, FAA officials at the “Meet the Regulators” session pointed out that letters of authoritizion that are required for ADS-B out operations in some countries will need approval by FAA local, regional and headquarters offices.