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Changes from 12 December 2013
All aircraft operating in Australian airspace at or above FL 290 must carry approved, serviceable Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics equipment.
CASA published the equipment mandate for ADS-B in early 2009. That was followed in September 2012 with equipment mandates applicable to aircraft undertaking IFR flight for satellite based navigation using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and supporting Performance-Based Navigation (PBN).
These changes will support global harmonisation of the navigation and surveillance standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
As part of this change all aircraft operating in Australian airspace at or above FL 290 must carry approved ADS-B avionics.
Without approved ADS-B avionics, aircraft will not be cleared by ATC for flight at or above FL 290. Non-compliant aircraft must fly below FL 290 and may therefore miss out on the fuel efficiencies created by cruising at optimum flight levels. (Class A airspace extends upwards from FL 245 so there are several flight levels available below FL 290 for non-compliant aircraft.)
For further information, see the Airservices website.
Eight benefits of fitting your aircraft with ADS-B avionics
- Improved safety and efficiency of air traffic management
- Airservices’ policy is to give priority to ADS-B equipped aircraft (when doing so gives an operational advantage to air traffic control)
- Pilot position reports by voice no longer required for identified ADS-B aircraft
- Ability for ATC to approve continuous rather than stepped climbs and descents to and from cruising level
- Greater flexibility in allocating appropriate flight levels at the request of pilots (that is, to climb to optimum flight level, as aircraft weight decreases with fuel burn)
- Airspace which previously had no radar and only procedural separation services can now have an ATC surveillance service
- Greater ability for ATC to grant clearances to fly requested routes or levels
- Aircraft are easier to locate in the event of the need for search and rescue