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FAQs: General (All Products)

All uAvionix Australia “ping” transponders offer ADS-B. What is ADS-B?

ADS-B stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast. ADS-B is an air traffic surveillance technology that enables aircraft to be accurately tracked by air traffic controllers and other pilots without the need for conventional radar. uAvionix Australia ping transponders offer the smallest, lightest and lowest power ADS-B and air traffic integration solutions in the world.

What benefits do I get by fitting a uAvionix Australia transponder to my UAV?

The uAvionix Australia “ping” transponders offer:

  • Smallest form factors size in the world
  • Very light weight
  • Low battery power requirement
  • A system independent of the UAV’s on-board system
  • Means of independent tracking of the UAV using a pingUSB or pingStation
  • Visibility to aircraft and Air Traffic Control by using aviation industry compatible equipment
  • A method of compliance that may assist in obtaining CASA approval or dispensation, particularly in relation to operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)

How can the general public benefit from fitment of uAvionix Australia transponders to UAVs?

When programmed with the UAV’s unique ICAO 24 bit address the ping20S provides traffic awareness to any manned aircraft equipped with a traffic collision avoidance system. It also enables electronic identification by the public and other airspace users.

How do I obtain a Mode S Transponder code for my “ping” transponder with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)?

To obtain a Mode S Transponder code for your uAvionix Australia “ping” transponder you must email CASA at aircraftregistrar@casa.gov.au. You must provide the make, model and serial number of the UAV in addition to the make, model and serial number of the transponder. Providing the UAV operator and call sign, if available, may also assist your application.

What rules apply to flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Australia?

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority provides regulations relating to the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Australia. These regulations may be found at https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/landing-page/flying-drones-australia