Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2015-16 Edition - 30
Different deadlines, similar challenges
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In Europe, multiple mandates - ADS-B, CPDL communications, to name two - nudged air-traffic management
officials to adjust the latter's deadline to " solve technical
Elsewhere in the world, the issue comes to the fore in
some areas and not in vast other expanses.
Credit the individual approach that the International
Civil Aviation Organization allows for states to meet international standards. While freedom and flexibility are good,
the goal is a globally compatible precision surveillance
and navigation network that pilots can use more or less
Conversely, the variety of deadlines and systems in
use highlights the importance of learning what's required,
when and by where. The spectrum ranges from mandates
already in effect to where the mandate remains years into
Operations outside the U.S. are a mixed bag of ADS-B
Out requirements, evolving standards or a wholesale lack
of ADS-B requirements.
Consider the situations in these areas around the
world, but note that mandates are dynamic, dates can
shift, and verification is critical.
t's not news that general aviation operators in the
U.S. continue to drag their tailcones moving ahead
with equipping their aircraft for the Federal Aviation
Administration's 2020 mandate requiring ADS-B Out in
For general aviation operators, the resistance stems
partly from a wait for lower prices. Conversely, commercial operators and GA Part 25 operators largely await
approved solutions for their more complex panels.
Airframe manufacturers increasingly integrate an
ADS-B solution into their avionics installations. Still, not
all light GA aircraft are rolling off the production lines
equipped to meet ADS-B Out requirements for the U.S.
and some export markets.
Meanwhile, other nations and regions already
require compliance where ADS-B Out is needed to fulfill
traffic-surveillance requirements. And more are coming.
On some levels, ADS-B progress abroad appears
more rapid and robust than in the U.S. Nonetheless,
some of the issues in the U.S. ripple through other
regions, such as Australia, according to voices in its
Further, equipment compatibility issues arose that
required Airservices Australia to address, but the
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