FAA To Mandate ADS-B Equipage by 2020

 - October 2, 2007, 11:24 AM

The FAA today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require all aircraft flying in the “nation’s busiest airspace” to have ADS-B installed by 2020, enabling air traffic controllers to track aircraft by satellite and pilots to see real-time traffic on a cockpit display. Under the proposal, the FAA would require that aircraft flying at or above FL240 have “ADS-B out” performance capability using the 1090ES broadcast link, while those flying below this flight level could equip their aircraft with either the 1090ES or Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) broadcast links. Aircraft not flying in controlled airspace will not be required to have ADS-B avionics. Under a contract awarded to ITT last month, ground stations for the new system will be brought online across the country, starting with the East Coast, portions of the Midwest, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, with nationwide coverage expected by 2013. The proposed rule is open to public comment for 90 days, and is scheduled to become final by late 2009.