FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will update a congressional committee on the implementation of ADS-B requirements for general aviation at a hearing in Washington on Wednesday. Aircraft operating in certain types of airspace will be required to have ADS-B equipment on board by 2020 but so far only a fraction of the fleet has been equipped. Huerta will be the key witness at the House Committee on Small Business’s session entitled FAA’s 2020 NextGen Mandate: Benefits and Challenges for General Aviation. The committee is looking for insights into the process so far, the benefits for GA and the “importance of incentivizing and ensuring widespread adoption.” The committee is chaired by Sam Graves, R-Mo.
Also testifying will be Paula Derks, the president of the Aircraft Electronics Association; Tim Taylor, of Free Flight Systems, testifying on behalf of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Bob Hepp, of Aviation Adventures, testifying on behalf of AOPA; and Kenneth Button, director of George Mason University’s Center for Transportation, Policy, Operations and Logistics. There have been concerns raised about the avionics industry’s ability to satisfy the demand for installation of the devices that are required for compliance in time for the 2020 deadline, especially if aircraft owners wait until the last minute to get the work done. The hearing will be streamed live starting at 1 p.m.