Over 40,000 ADS-B Aircraft Operating In U.S.


As of Sept. 1, over 40,000 U.S.-registered aircraft have been equipped to comply with the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate, says the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The FAA estimates that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to comply with the mandate—or cease operations in ADS-B Out airspace. ADS-B Out capability will be required for flight within 30 nautical miles of any Class B airport, within the lateral confines of any Class C airspace, above 10,000 feet and over the Gulf of Mexico above 3,000 feet starting on Jan. 1, 2020.

“We’re now just over two years out from the FAA compliance deadline,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “As we move forward, knowing that date will not change, it is essential that those operators who haven’t yet, make a plan for equipage to avoid having their aircraft grounded and losing its residual value.” Today is the last day to register for a $500 rebate from the FAA to assist general aviation aircraft owners with the cost of equipping their aircraft with ADS-B Out systems.