Tips and tricks

Please find below some tips and tricks to help you be ready for ADS-B.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan ahead
  • Talk to your avionics shop, Part 66 LAME and/or Part 145 before you buy. The cheapest solution option on paper might not be the cheapest and easiest for your aircraft
  • Ensure your ADS-B transponder operates on 1090 MHz. The UAT system which operates at 978 MHz will not work in New Zealand. UAT is often marketed as ADS-B, so always check the fine print.
  • If you’re using a separate ADS-B transponder paired with a GNSS receiver, make sure that the two are compatible.
  • Ask for LAME advice on proven combinations, or look for an all in one ADS-B system.
  • Install ADS-B as soon as possible.  You can now install a system that you will know will meet the rule requirements. Plan ahead and be ready for the 2022 mandate, and avoid the risk that your aircraft will not be fitted in time.

Here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions, thanks to Phil Hutchings, an expert in the area of ADS-B equipment and installation.