Deadline Nears For ADS-B Rebate

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Aircraft owners who have gone through the process of upgrading for ADS-B, and applied for the FAA’s $500 rebate, must submit all their paperwork by Feb. 15 to complete their claim. After the equipment is installed, the aircraft must be flown in ADS-B-controlled airspace before receiving the rebate. That flight must last at least 30 minutes, including 10 minutes of maneuvering flight. In Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico, the flight must take place above 10,000 feet MSL and in an area of ADS-B coverage. No extensions will be granted, the FAA says. According to AOPA, however, the FAA may consider extensions under certain circumstances — if weather made it unsafe to fly, or due to maintenance delays.

The deadline to equip with ADS-B is Jan. 1, 2020. After that date, unequipped aircraft will be banned from most controlled airspace. For more information about the rebate program, go to the FAA website. The site also provides information for owners of certain NavWorx avionics that the FAA says are non-compliant. Owners with questions about rebates or extensions can email the FAA for help.

Comments (3)

It seem most aircraft owners are not excited about ads-b. With very few midair collisions yearly, is the benefit worth the investment? The resource expended in ads-b may be put to better uses. Also, do you wish to be denied use of your aircraft because the added expensive equipment has failed. Also, is it helpful to owners that the Federal government has a record of your every aircraft motion when the engine is on. Ads-b offers pragmatically very little benefit beyond our current radar and transponder enviroment. It seems that radar currently gives very good flight information. Radars will not be turned off. How will an aircraft with no ads-b but a transponder havethe transpondert tested? It would be easier to not use your now useless transponder at all. Does this ads-b really offer significant improvement. Not easily visible.

Posted by: Art Sebesta | January 30, 2018 11:04 AM    Report this comment

I agree with Art; the cost/benefit of ADS-B out is just not there for us owners.
ADS-B in, on the other hand, can be had for a hundred bucks and gives us free in-cockpit weather and makes perfect sense and does promote safety.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | February 1, 2018 7:01 AM    Report this comment

ADS-B in without ADS-B out is only going to give you traffic if you are near another airplane that DOES have ADS-B out so that you can get the data from their "hockey puck". You still get weather, and in some limited fashion you'll have standard Mode A/C traffic (in some places). But until pretty much everyone has ADS-B Out, you're looking at (and relying on) a VERY limited picture of what's out there, which is actually more dangerous than not having it at all.

Posted by: Ric Crouch | February 8, 2018 1:52 PM    Report this comment

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