Supply Issues Prompt Delay in Canada ADS-B Mandate

 - August 4, 2022, 2:32 PM

Due to continued supply chain impacts related to the Covid pandemic, Nav Canada has pushed back the previously announced Feb. 23, 2023 implementation date to start mandatory use of ADS-B Out in Class A and B Canadian airspace.

As a result, the mandate will come into effect on Aug. 10, 2023, for Class A Canadian airspace and on May 16, 2024, for Class B Canadian airspace. The ADS-B Out mandate for Class C, D, and E airspace will occur no sooner than 2026, with exact dates "to be determined pending further assessment," said Nav Canada. The new dates have been developed to reflect customer feedback regarding supply chain limitations and backlogs to acquire and install the appropriate transponder and other required avionics.

"The valuable input we have received from our stakeholders and partners on the Canadian ADS-B mandate indicates that later dates for the mandate requirement are warranted as the industry continues to navigate the ongoing impacts to supply chains due to the pandemic,” said Jeff Dawson, assistant v-p for operational support. “We are taking these steps to ensure customers have adequate time to comply with mandate equipage requirements."

Added Dawson: “What we are seeing in terms of equipage is very encouraging—rates in Class A airspace are at 95 percent, while those in Class B airspace are above the 88 percent mark and growing steadily.”