Full implementation of Airservices Australia’s upper airspace automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) programme has slipped by almost a year due to delays in completing infrastructure at remote sites.
Australia is installing Thales ADS-B ground stations at 28 sites throughout the country in a A$14 million ($10.3 million) programme. Installations were due to be completed in January 2006, but this has been pushed to December 2006, Airservices confirms in its latest publication on the programme.
ADS-B programmes director Greg Dunstone says the delay is disappointing, but unavoidable, and that the service provider is working on interim solutions that will allow selected ground stations to be implemented earlier.
Source: Flight International