Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Late Breaking News: New Rule Allows Military Aircraft to Turn Off ADS-B Transmissions

Under the FAA's new ADS-B off rule, defense aircraft such as the H-60M Black Hawk pictured here, can obtain authorization to turn their ADS-B Out transmissions off. (Lockheed Martin Photo)

As the Jan 1, 2020,  nationwide implementation deadline for ADS-B Out loams, there is an interesting development. See article at

U.S. federal, state and local government aircraft performing sensitive operations are now permitted to fly with their installed automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) position reporting electronics turned off, according to a new rule published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Thursday.
Under the new rule, aircraft conducting operations related to homeland security, law enforcement, national defense and intelligence that could be compromised by transmitting real-time aircraft position information are permitted to disable ADS-B transmissions after obtaining proper authorization from the FAA.
Changes to the FAA’s ADS-B Out airspace requirement come following several years of interagency meetings held between the FAA, Defense Department (DOD), Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Leadership from those agencies expressed strong concerns about adversaries being able to easily gain public access to real time ADS-B flight identification and positional data. A provision in the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act also prevents the FAA from mandating ADS-B installations on certain DOD aircraft.
Additional details are available in the Rotor and Wing article link listed above.