The FAA’s ADS-B Out rebate program kicked off on September 19. In the first 2 weeks since the rebate program went live 2360 rebates were reserved by aircraft owners. The FAA will run the program for a period of 1 year or until 20,000 rebates have been reserved. The FAA estimates that between 100,000 and 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to equip with ADS-B Out. So, why wait until the last minute to reserve your rebate? Why take the chance that there will be no rebates left?
There are no obstacles now for owners to equip at this time. Approximately 1,100 certified repair stations are ready to install ADS-B avionics, but installation shops could be overwhelmed the closer we get to the Jan 1, 2020 deadline. If too many operators wait, suppliers and installers will not be able to keep up with demand. This will result in a bottleneck of long wait times and possibly higher installation prices. As previously discussed in our blog, “ADS-B… How Long Will You Wait? The Data Does Not Lie” the time to schedule your service and get your rebate is now.
Are you eligible for the FAA’s rebate program?
Eligible aircraft: Defined as U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft, first registered before Jan 1, 2016.
Eligible equipment: Avionics that are certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and meet the program rules (software upgrades of existing equipment are not eligible). Rebates are not available for aircraft already equipped with rule compliant ADS-B or for aircraft the FAA has previously paid or committed to pay for upgrade(s) to meet the ADS-B mandate. Recently the AOPA put out an article clarifying the FAA process for pilots seeking the ADS-B rebate so that they may ensure that pilots understand exactly what needs to be done to be within the mandate rules. That article can be found here: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2016/october/05/pilots-seeking-ads-b-rebates-some-steps-clarified?utm_source=eBrief&utm_medium=Content&
For more information regarding the FAA’s ADS-B Out rebate and eligibility visit: https://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=20434
How will you meet the mandate?
General aviation aircraft owners can choose to install only ADS-B Out equipment to meet the 2020 requirement, or they can purchase an integrated system that also includes ADS-B In. Most ADS-B product manufacturers only offer AML STCs they have to authorized dealers in their network. Make sure to get with your local avionics shop to find out exactly what you need. The FAA has a list of certified ADS-B equipment, which can be found here: http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/equipment/
As for the business aviation community, Southeast Aerospace partnered with Garmin International, Gables Engineering, and Peregrine Avionics to bring them the most cost-effective and flexible ADS-B solution. Southeast Aerospace’s Part 25 AML STC for ADS-B Out/In will be available for non-TCAS II Beechjet, Citation, Hawker, Learjet, and Falcon Jet by November 1, 2016. Check out our website for more information. http://www.seaerospace.com/adsb-stc
Most if not all ADS-B installations are not a “box-swap” regardless of any advertising or information on the Internet stating as much. Southeast Aerospace strongly recommends that you only contact and consult a trained, authorized avionics dealer for all ADS-B installations. Contact the OEM and ask for a recommendation in your area. Most OEMs are more than happy to refer to a legitimate, quality dealer in your area.
Make sure to visit the Southeast Aerospace ADS-B Help Page for all your equipment and installation questions. http://www.seaerospace.com/ads-b