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FAA: ADS-S Deadline Remains Jan. 1, 2020 Despite April Fool’s Prank Saying Otherwise

April 6, 2018

An April 1 trade press article stated the FAA will postpone the deadline for ADS-B compliance to 2040, but the FAA quickly responded the deadline remains Jan. 1, 2020.

“We have a sense of humor, too, but an April Fool’s joke that the Federal Aviation Administration is extending the ADS-B deadline is just that,” the agency said in a statement.

“Industry has been echoing FAA compliance dates for years, indicating the FAA has no intention to delay the implementation of ADS-B in the U.S. beyond Jan. 1, 2020,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs. “This unfortunate attempt at humor regarding a topic already of great concern to the industry was misguided and counter to the industry’s efforts to ensure compliance with the 2020 mandate.

“We continue to emphasize the importance of exploring ADS-B compliance options that will enable operators to continue flying in affected airspace beyond the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline,” Carr added.

Read the FAA announcement.