FAA Taking Its Time On ADS-B Equipage

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If the increasingly strident messages from the FAA about ADS-B equipage have you feeling the slightest pangs of guilt that you haven't written the check yet, take heart. The agency doesn't seem to be in too much of a hurry to get its own aircraft in compliance and it's shopping around. As every aircraft owner should know, the FAA has set Jan. 1, 2020, as the firm deadline for aircraft using most controlled airspace to be equipped with ADS-B Out. But the agency has been urging owners to get the gear sooner rather than later to avoid a logjam of last-minute installations. For nine of its King Air C90TI aircraft, the FAA is taking a leisurely approach to equipage with a plan to bring that part of the fleet into compliance a year before it's mandatory.

A couple of months ago, the agency sent a "market survey" to avionics shops to see what's out there in terms of ADS-B gear for the King Airs, which have Rockwell Collins ProLine panels. The agency made it clear that it was just fishing for information with the survey to determine how it would go about tendering the project. Once it figures that out, the winning bidder will have a month to get going and the installations have to be finished by Dec. 31, 2018. It's also worth noting that while the FAA is actively encouraging other owners to get ADS-B In for their aircraft, the King Air installation is a bare-bones affair that will bring the aircraft into compliance without the weather, traffic and in-flight data transfer capability that come with ADS-B In. The airplanes are used for currency and proficiency checks on FAA inspectors.

Comments (4)

Imagine that! Will be interesting to find out what the final cost will be.

Posted by: matthew wagner | May 1, 2016 5:59 PM    Report this comment

So the people inspecting us will not know how to use much in the way of the systems that they inspect and mandate we must have. Why not really save money and get a fleet of Jennys to keep them current?

Posted by: Gary Leinberger | May 2, 2016 3:01 PM    Report this comment

My question is: Why do we have a government agency by & for the people dictating to us how they're going to serve the people or not? Have the citizens of the USA arisen to demand the FAA reduce services to the Aviation industry & pilots? Why does aviation follow the FAA edicts with no input? Why cannot FAA up tech their equipment to serve us rather than place an unaffordable, onerous & impractical burden upon us? The answer, I suppose, is because they can...

Posted by: Brent Lee | May 2, 2016 4:51 PM    Report this comment

I wonder if they will be giving themselves the $500 per plane rebate now?

Posted by: John McNamee | June 3, 2016 8:04 PM    Report this comment

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