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Getting Started with ADAPT

A quick guide to using ADAPT

Welcome to ADAPT.

Aircraft operators using aircraft that do not meet Title 14 - Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 91.225 or § 91.227 Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out, equipage or performance requirements, are permitted under certain circumstances to ask for an Air Traffic Control (ATC) authorization to deviate from these CFR requirements.

To relieve the potential burden on ATC facilities, the FAA developed an automation capability to manage aircraft operator requests for an ATC authorization. This automation capability, ADS-B Deviation Authorization Preflight Tool (ADAPT), uses an existing FAA website portal, Service Availability Prediction Tool (SAPT), modified to provide the capability.

The SAPT or ADAPT flight information entry form (the form is the same and either can be selected) is used by the aircraft operator to enter flight details. SAPT will analyze the flight details and if analysis indicates aircraft predicted ADS-B Out performance results fails performance requirements, operators are given an opportunity to submit a request to the FAA for an ATC authorization using ADAPT. A non-equipped aircraft will obviously “fail” the ADS-B performance requirements, but this first step is still necessary because the SAPT analysis provides alternate surveillance information that is necessary for evaluating an ATC authorization request. If the operator decides to pursue an ATC authorization, they will enter the deviation request via the ADAPT link. Additional aircraft operator and flight detail information, beyond that gathered for the SAPT analysis, will be gathered via the ADAPT webpage before the operator can submit a request for an ATC authorization.

We encourage users to download the User Guide [pdf] (7.3MB) to become familiar with the SAPT/ADAPT site and features.

ADAPT Help

If you have questions or need assistance using ADAPT, please contact adapthelp@faa.gov.

Non-Civil Operators: the FAA has established other methods for U.S. Federal, State, and Local government agencies to submit requests for ADS-B Out rule authorization. These agencies should not use ADAPT, but should contact FAA System Operations Security via email at 9-ATOR-HQ-IFOS@faa.gov to request ADS-B Out rule authorizations.

First Responder Organizations: The FAA has also established separate procedures for handling ADS-B ATC authorization requests for first responder agencies. First responders' agencies should not use ADAPT, but should contact FAA Airspace and Rules Team via email at 9-AJV-8-HQ-Correspondence@faa.gov.

User Feedback

SAPT/ADAPT users are encouraged to submit feedback about the operation of the system, using the feedback form.

Legal note: although forms used on the SAPT/ADAPT webpages are similar to forms used for VFR/IFR flight plan filing, SAPT/ADAPT web forms are for gathering operator information needed for prediction and application processing purposes only. Operator information submitted via SAPT/ADAPT will not generate nor should they be considered formal IFR/VFR flight plan submissions.

Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement

Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 7 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, completing and reviewing the collection of information.