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Mexico's ADS-B mandate slips

Mexico’s ADS-B mandate has been delayed, and there’s a possibility that the country will consider including 978 MHz universal access transceivers in its revised plan.

The original proposal for Mexico would have required 1090 MHz Extended Squitter ADS-B Out beginning January 1, 2020, in Class A, B, C, E above 10,000 feet msl, and other specified airspace. The effective date of the Mexican ADS-B Out mandate has now been moved to January 1, 2022, said Rune Duke, AOPA senior director of airspace, air traffic, and aviation security.

“AOPA is advocating for both UAT and 1090 [ADS-B] compatibility in Mexico,” Duke added. Allowing both frequencies will make it easier for more U.S. pilots to operate in the country, he said.

ADS-B mandates exist in a number of foreign countries and have been announced for others. AOPA maintains a list of known ADS-B requirements.

Meanwhile, the FAA’s long-anticipated ADS-B Out mandate became effective on January 2. More information about operations, especially instructions for applying for an authorization to operate a non-ADS-B-equipped aircraft in FAR 91.225 ADS-B rule airspace, is available on AOPA Online.

Mike Collins

Mike Collins

Technical Editor
Mike Collins, AOPA technical editor and director of business development, died at age 59 on February 25, 2021. He was an integral part of the AOPA Media team for nearly 30 years, and held many key editorial roles at AOPA Pilot, Flight Training, and AOPA Online. He was a gifted writer, editor, photographer, audio storyteller, and videographer, and was an instrument-rated pilot and drone pilot.
Topics: Advocacy, ADS-B, International Travel

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