The last time we mentioned 2020 ADS-B requirements, January 1, 2020 seemed like a long way away. Now, with only nine months remaining until the impending deadline, it’s closer than it seems, especially as most service centers and maintenance shops in the U.S. are at near-capacity ADS-B installation schedules through October of 2019.

ADS-B equipage is an important consideration if you’re thinking about buying or selling an aircraft this year. If you’re buying, make sure you’ve included it as a requirement for delivery. If you’re even thinking about selling, you should either have it done or have a maintenance slot secured. This will become critical as the end of the year approaches.

The time to delay is up. The FAA and NBAA recently published a joint release urging aircraft owners to equip their aircraft with the required ADS-B Out equipment ahead of the deadline in order to continue flying in most U.S. airspace. And most industry experts don’t expect the FAA to make an extension.

“Without ADS-B, your operation will not be able to continue flights into any of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Additionally, you will be required to fly at lower less efficient altitudes,” the release reads.

The team at Charlie Bravo Aviation, along with the FAA and NBAA, urge aircraft owners to install the required ADS-B Out equipment or schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen chimed in on the topic, as well, saying, “Although our industry has made great strides toward increasing ADS-B equipage rates ahead of the deadline, there is still work to be done. Operators need to equip for ADS-B to ensure they may continue flying in support of companies and communities, into 2020 and beyond.”

As a reminder, all civil aircraft flying within the United States will be required to have ADS-B equipment to operate in any of the following areas:

  • Class A, Class B, and Class C airspace areas;
  • Within 30 nautical miles of an airport listed in appendix D, section 1 to part 91, from the surface upward to 10,000 feet MSL;
  • Above the ceiling and within the lateral boundaries of a Class B or Class C airspace area designated for an airport upward to 10,000 feet MSL;
  • Class E airspace within the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia at and above 10,000 feet MSL, excluding the airspace at and below 2,500 feet above the surface; and
  • Class E airspace at and above 3,000 feet MSL over the Gulf of Mexico from the coastline of the United State out to 12 nautical miles.

For more information on the impending 2020 ADS-B Out deadline, read the ADS-B equipage appeal from the FAA and NBAA and review NBAA’s ADS-B resources.