The Aircraft Electronics Association will award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast equipment during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 20 through 26.
The daily drawing is meant to give owners incentive to equip with ADS-B Out equipment that meets the requirements of the FAA’s 2020 mandate. Aircraft owners may enter at the AEA booth, 2035/2036 in Hangar B, beginning July 20; the association will announce one winner a day July 21 through 25 from its booth and on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
“The avionics repair shop industry in the U.S. has only 53 months remaining to equip the entire general aviation fleet of more than 100,000 aircraft with ADS-B Out equipment,” said AEA President Paula Derks in a media release, referring to a mandate that will require ADS-B Out equipage by Jan. 1, 2020, for aircraft flying in airspace where a transponder is required today. “Aircraft owners who wait to equip will face scheduling pressure and higher installation costs as we get closer to the deadline. By awarding $1,000 to five different aircraft owners to help them become compliant sooner rather than later, the AEA hopes to send a message to owners of general aviation aircraft that the time to act and upgrade is now.”
Aircraft owners must be at least 18 years old to register. Winners must choose an AEA-member avionics shop to install the equipment and must schedule the installations by Aug. 1, 2016. Find out more details at the booth.
AirVenture attendees may also pick up a free copy of AEA’s 2015-2016 Pilot’s Guide to Avionics at AEA’s booth. The latest edition of the annual publication features educational articles and information on new products for 2015, ADS-B equipage, value-added refurbishments, and more. Pilots also may request a free copy online.
Not sure what ADS-B technology you will need? Learn more about the mandate and available technologies in AOPA’s online resource page. Use the ADS-B selector tool to find the best solution for you.