12 May 2023
Less than Two Months to Claim an ADS-B Grant

After more than three years and over $6M distributed, the ADS-B Grant Scheme is now entering its final days. There is less than two months left until the ADS-B Grant Scheme ends on the 30th of June 2023. Time is rapidly running out, so apply now or risk missing out.

Friday 30th June 2023 is the last day on which claims can be submitted and considered for a grant. Eligible claims received before the end of 30th of June 2023 will be processed as soon as possible, with payment received by claimants no later than 30th of September 2023.

As communicated previously, claimants must have completed their ADS-B installation, undertaken a flight in controlled airspace while transmitting acceptable ADS-B data (for an ADS-B OUT grant only - this is to ensure that Airways can detect the aircraft), and submitted a claim before the deadline to be eligible for a grant.

If you have already claimed for ADS-B OUT, you can still install and claim for ADS-B IN if you have recently upgraded.

Due to the closure of ADS-B Grant Scheme team and conclusion of the funding, no exceptions or extension to the above-mentioned criteria can be made. This includes those who have installed the equipment but have not flown into controlled airspace yet, those who have been delayed in installation due to equipment delivery delays, or for any other extenuating circumstances.


To submit an application, please see here(external link). Once you have applied and the application has been accepted, please make sure to also submit a claim form. Remember there are two steps:

  1. Apply using the purple form.
  2. Claim using the green form (the link is in the "application accepted" email).

If you have any general inquiries about ADS-B and the application process, please email, and for any technical inquiries, please email


In the three years since the scheme launched, the number of New Zealand registered aircraft equipped with ADS-B has risen to over 2850. This includes almost 88% of those aircraft that have been determined to enter controlled airspace.

The ADS-B Grant Scheme has been a great success, and to make sure make that you do not miss out on being able to claim the available funds, please submit your claim as soon as possible.


Not applied for the Grant Scheme yet? Don’t forget that the ADS-B Grant Scheme is available, with plenty of funds remaining. For further information go to the ADS-B Grant Scheme website - link)

Finally, do not forget that as of 31st December 2022, it was mandatory for all aircraft entering controlled airspace to be ADS-B OUT equipped and transmitting acceptable ADS-B data.