Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Rebate Program takes flight

The Australian Government has launched a new $30 million Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADB-S) Rebate Program to support general and recreational aviation operators to install critical safety-boosting technology in their aircraft.

The Government will provide a 50 per cent rebate of the costs of purchase – and, where applicable, installation – of eligible ADS-B devices. Grants will be capped at $5,000, and will be available for Australian-registered aircraft operating under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Low-cost portable ADS-B devices will also be eligible for the grant.

ADS-B technology provides the real-time locational data pilots need to safely navigate their aircraft through the increasing volume of air traffic in Australia, particularly in the regions.

The technology also allows air traffic controllers and other pilots to accurately track other aircraft. This helps them safely navigate their aircraft, especially in and out of busy airports, and reduce the risk of collisions.

ADS-B surveillance is easier and less expensive to deploy than ground radar, simpler to maintain, and can be used in areas where conventional radar is not possible – so will deliver safety benefits and cost savings for the industry well into the future.

ADS-B technology is already mandated in Australian aircraft flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), which includes most commercial flights.

The program directly responds to calls from industry to encourage the uptake of ADS-B technology to realise its benefits.

Grant guidelines were released on 1 April 2022 and the program is open for applications from 12 August.

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