There was supposed to be a European ADS-B mandate coming in June 2020, but the deadlines are being pushed back.

Here’s the nutshell version of the amended requirements:

  • Any aircraft with a CofA from between 1995-2020 (i.e. pretty much everyone) won’t have to be fitted with ADS-B until 7th June 2023, but they will need to have a “retrofit program” established before 7th Dec 2020 (more on that below).
  • EXEMPT: Aircraft with a CofA before 1995; aircraft ceasing operations within the EU airspace prior to Oct 2025; aircraft doing maintenance or export/delivery flights.
  • One requirement that’s staying – all aircraft need to be equipped with Mode S ELS before 7th Dec 2020.

All of this has been published on the SESAR ADS-B webpage as one nice, neat little image:

On 29th April 2020, the EU approved and published these measures as Regulation 1207/2011 – the full text is available here.

The one thing that remains unclear is exactly what a “retrofit program” should look like. EASA is working on this – they plan to issue an Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC/GM) as soon as possible.

One interesting point to note though: the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) have told us that EASA’s current thinking is that operators will not be required to send their retrofit plans to them or the competent authorities in their own countries – they should just have it ready in case of inspection or audit. That may still change, we just have to wait for the AMC/GM to be published to know for sure. We will share details of that here as soon as it becomes available!

For more info on this, you can contact Vanessa Rullier at the EBAA at

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David Mumford

David Mumford

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