and Sweden plan to consider mandating that aircraft be equipped with automatic
dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) systems as a possible outcrop of
trials planned for the next three years
plans to equip later this year 20 aircraft with ADS-B systems as part of a
trial overseen by Honeywell. Sweden has already begun testing ADS-B at two
locations and plans to expand the coverage area by 2006 to include the entire
program manager Chris Nehls says the Australian trial, being conducted in the
Burnett Basin north of Brisbane, will help Australia decide if ADS-B can be an
alternative for replacing the country’s ageing en-route radar infrastructure.
These radar systems will require replacing around 2008 and Australia hopes to
either commit to ADS-B or order new radar systems in 2005.
the trial is successful, Nehls says Australia will consider installing ADS-B in
all 10,000 aircraft registered in the country instead of purchasing new radar.
Australia could be the first country to fully embrace ADS-B, which is being
tested in several countries that sent representatives this week to the US FAA’s
International Advanced Aviation Technologies Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
Australia and Sweden, representatives from Russia, Mongolia, Singapore and
Japan attended the conference to discuss their previous or planned ADS-B
trials. The FAA is testing ADS-B here in Alaska and the Ohio Valley, but
extending coverage to include the entire country is not yet under consideration.
CAA, however, has begun considering requiring that all operators carry ADS-B in
non-radar airspace, revealed Swedish CAA program manager Christian Axelsson. He
says Sweden has installed ADS-B ground stations at Stockholm Arlanda and Kiruna
in north Sweden, and plans to install another 23 by the end of 2005. ADS-B is
on schedule to be operational at the Arlanda tower in the first quarter of next
says Sweden is also working with Finland and Russia to establish a common ADS-B
network that could open up new routes for air carriers. Sweden also has a joint
venture ADS-B project with Norway and Denmark that is designed to improve the
flow of traffic between SAS’s three hubs – Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
the US FAA plans to establish a working group later this year with several
Asian countries to discuss a common ADS-B system across the Pacific.
is interested in coming up with an interoperable system that will become a
common platform worldwide,” says the FAA’s communication, navigation and
surveillance representative for the Asia/Pacific, Dennis Beres.
launched its own ADS-B working group in 2000 and later this year will begin
evaluating the performance of a remote station installed last year, according
to Fumiki Horikoshi of the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau. He says Japan plans to
improve the experimental ADS-B system and conduct evaluation tests over the
next 3-4 years as it works towards implementation.
plans to introduce ADS-B in Tokyo in 2005. Singapore also plans to begin
testing ADS-B in 2004.
Australia, Honeywell has installed a ground station in the Burnett Basin this
spring and aircraft installations will take place this fall. Five Bombardier de
Havilland Dash 8s operated by QantasLink carrier Sunstate Airlines will be
equipped with the technology, along with helicopters supporting the petroleum
industry, medical evacuation aircraft operated by the Royal Flying Doctor
Service and other general aviation aircraft. Nehls says Australia plans to
begin using ADS-B to separate aircraft participating in the trial from mid
Burnett Basin was selected for the trial because there is no radar coverage in
the area below 12,000ft (3,660m). With ADS-B, controllers will be able to stop
using procedural controls to separate aircraft where there is no radar
want to provide fill coverage to separate aircraft below 12,000ft,” Nehls says.