Government invests $12.5 million into ADS-B transponder grant scheme

Published: 04 October 2019

Today, the Government announced it would invest $12.5 million into an Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Transponders Grant.

The funding was reprioritised from Vote Science and Innovation to finance the Grant, which will be delivered by the Civil Aviation Authority. The Grant reimburses aircraft owners for a portion of the cost of the transponder installation. It will be available to approximately 4,000 general aviation operators in New Zealand.

Moving to ADS-B has a number of safety benefits - using a combination of satellites, transponders and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers, ADS-B involves aircraft self-reporting their GNSS derived position. It is more technologically advanced than the existing surveillance system, and provides greater data accuracy, more frequently. This means air traffic controllers have a better picture of an aircraft's position.

The installation of ADS-B also supports the modernisation of New Zealand's aviation system and the integration of unmanned aircraft, including drones.

More information about ADS-B requirements(external link)

More information about the ADS-B Transponder Grant(external link)

The Government's announcement(external link)