In response to concerns voiced by AOPA and other stakeholders, Nav Canada announced it is delaying its 1090ES ADS-B Out equipage mandate effective date.
Over the past few months, AOPA and a coalition of industry leaders from Canada and the United States submitted comments to Transport Canada, citing supply chain issues, as well as concerns that the upcoming mandate would cause financial hardship to aircraft owners who recently equipped their aircraft to meet U.S. ADS-B requirements.
"While we are gratified to see this delay, additional coordination between Transport Canada and the aviation industry is needed to minimize the impact of the Canadian mandate on general aviation," said Jim McClay, AOPA director of airspace, air traffic, and security. He added that questions still remain about the degree to which space-based ADS-B capabilities are needed in Class C and D airspace as well as concerns about the enormous costs involved with installing new transponders and antennas.
The new mandate effective dates are August 10, 2023, for Class A airspace and May 16, 2024, for Class B airspace.
"At this time, NAV CANADA remains focused on preparations for the Class A and B mandates," Girard wrote. "However, we recognize that some customers who do not operate in these classes of airspace and are not impacted by the Class A/B mandate are apprehensive of future requirements in additional classes (C, D and E) of airspace."
Girard continued, "We can confirm that how and where implementation of potential changes to transponder requirements in these classes of airspace remains to be defined and will occur no sooner than 2026, following meaningful stakeholder engagement. We anticipate beginning early engagement with key stakeholders as soon as Fall 2022."