Alliance Airlines paves the way for early ADS-B fitment

24 Apr 2012

Alliance Airlines has fitted automatic dependant surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) technology to four of its Fokker 100 aircraft operating in Western Australia, paving the way for the forward fitment to the remainder of its fleet.

ADS-B is a satellite-based traffic surveillance technology that enables aircraft to be accurately tracked by air traffic controllers and other pilots without the need for conventional radar.

Airservices Australia, the country’s air navigation services provider, continues to urge airlines and operators to fit their aircraft with ADS-B sooner rather than later, noting those who have are already seeing the benefits.

“Like many operators, we were suffering from the heavy congestion in areas of Western Australian airspace and we saw ADS-B as a solution,” said Alliance Airline’s Managing Director, Scott McMillan.

“It’s been very quick to see the savings from ADS-B, not only from a cost point of view but it also has meant an increase in safety and better service to our customers. I expect our remaining Fokker 100s will all be fitted by the end of this year – a year ahead of the mandate.”

While the mandated deadline of 12 December 2013 approaches, for the fitment of ADS-B for flight in Australian airspace at and above 29,000 feet (FL290), airlines and operators should now be taking note of other key fitment dates.

Airservices Senior Engineering Specialist and ADS-B Program Manager, Greg Dunstone, said “With a year and a half to go for the FL290 requirement, 279 of 617 major Australian airliner aircraft, about 45 per cent, have already been fitted with ADS-B Out capability. We are already seeing 74 per cent of all international flights flying in our flight information region getting the ADS-B service.”

Beyond 2013 the next key mandates for the transition to ADS-B are expected to include:

  • February 2014 – ADS-B Out capability in all new IFR aircraft registrations in Australia required. Additionally, most new aircraft and new transponder installations to use Mode S transponders with ADS-B capability
  • February 2016 – all IFR aircraft operating within 500nm to the north and east of Perth to be fitted with ADS-B Out
  • February 2017 – all Australian registered IFR aircraft flying in Australia’s airspace required to use ADS-B.

Further information on ADS-B and the mandates can be found on our website