Question: Will the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out compliance date be extended? And is it true that the airlines have been allowed to delay their installation?
Answer: The FAA has consistently demonstrated its commitment to the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out compliance date.
The rule was published in May 2010, nearly ten years in advance to allow ample time for the production and installation of equipment on aircraft and complete deployment of the ATC ground network (completed in 2014). ADS-B is currently used by ATC in all but the smallest facilities where integration with the automation is on track to support the compliance date.
Equipment options are varied and plentiful; there are approved ADS-B systems for almost all aircraft types. Manufacturers share this information with the FAA which is available through a searchable database at
The rumor that airlines have been given a delay to the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out compliance date is not true. Exemption 12555 allows the use of older GPS equipment until 2025, but still requires that operators install and operate rule-compliant ADS-B Out equipment by January 1, 2020.
With all this in place, there is no need and no reason to expect a delay in the compliance date of January 1, 2020.
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There’s only 24 months remaining before the 2020 ADS-B Out equipage deadline.
For more information, please visit the Equip ADS-B website