ADS-B Equipage Deadline Will Not Slip, FAA Vows

Monday, October 13, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration will not relent from requiring operators in the U.S. to equip their aircraft for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) by 2020, the agency’s deputy administrator Michael Whitaker told an industry-government committee. The ADS-B equipage mandate is the next major milestone of the agency’s NextGen ATC modernization effort, he said.

“To keep that milestone on track, we need to keep that mandate,” Whitaker told the 13th plenary meeting of the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), held on October 8 in Washington, D.C.“It’s one of the key components of NextGen. We are communicating clearly and unequivocally that there is no intention of moving the mandate.”

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