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Compliance with the FAA’s Jan. 1, 2020, ADS-B Out mandate will be a little closer for 47 lucky aircraft owners when EAA AirVenture 2016 concludes on July 31. Three avionics manufacturers are giving away 42 sets of ADS-B hardware, and a trade organization is awarding five owners $1,000 each toward the cost of ADS-B installations.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, which uses GPS satellites instead of ground-based radar to determine aircraft location, is a primary technology behind the FAA’s Next Generation Air Traffic Control System. The FAA has mandated ADS-B Out equipage beginning Jan. 1, 2020, for operations in most airspace where a transponder is required today.

If you’ve been putting off ADS-B Out equipage, and especially if you’ve put off even thinking about ADS-B, add these booths to your EAA AirVenture list. The earlier in the show you register for these promotions, the greater your chances of winning.

L-3: Giving away 36 Lynx NGT-2000s

L-3 Aviation Products is giving away 36 Lynx NGT-2000 universal access transceivers (UATs) during AirVenture. The remote-mount unit includes ADS-B Out; an ADS-B rule-compliant WAAS GPS position source; and optional ADS-B Out, providing traffic and subscription-free weather information for display on iPad apps via an included Wi-Fi interface module.

To enter, a completed entry form must be delivered to L-3’s AirVenture exhibit in Hangar C, booths 3109-3114, and it must receive a validation stamp. Entry forms are available online as well as at the booth. Aircraft owners do not have to be present to win.

Winners will receive a certificate for the delivery of an NGT-2000, GPS antenna, L-band stub and ball antenna, detachable configuration module, Wi-Fi module, and installation kit, with a retail value of $3,495. The system will be delivered through an authorized L-3 dealer of the winner’s choosing.

NavWorx: Giving away five ADS600-EXPs

NavWorx Inc. will give away five ADS600-EXP units to AirVenture attendees. The ADS600-EXP is a remote-mount universal access transceiver (UAT) intended for installation in experimental and light sport aircraft. The unit provides both the mandated ADS-B Out and the optional ADS-B In—which provides in-cockpit traffic and subscription-free weather information, displayed via Wi-Fi on an iPad or on a cockpit display using an RS-232 connection. An integral WAAS GPS receiver is included. The ADS600-EXP sells for $1,399.

The company said the ADS600-EXP is the most affordable ADS-B solution for experimental and light sport aircraft owners. It’s based on the company’s ADS600-B, which is approved for installation in certified aircraft.

To enter to win one of the ADS600-EXPs, visit the NavWorx in Hangar D, booth 4055/4056, during the show and register. A winner will be selected at 5 p.m. each day, from July 25 through 29. Winners will be notified and need not be present to win.

FreeFlight: UAT hardware and install credit

FreeFlight Systems will give away one of its top-­of-­the-­line Rangr FDL­978­XVRs, a single-box ADS-B Out and In UAT solution, valued at $3,495—plus a $2,500 credit toward the cost of installation. This year’s AirVenture giveaway, valued at almost $6,000, marks the company’s sixth Rangr ADS-­B system giveaway.

Owners of U.S.-registered aircraft can view promotion details and enter online to participate in the drawing, which will be at noon July 29 at FreeFlight’s booth.

“Our ‘Win A Rangr’ promotion is an exciting opportunity to introduce our ADS­B systems to pilots who are searching for a solution,” Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems’ sales and marketing director, said in a press release. “It’s a great way for U.S. aircraft owners to learn more about their equipage options and how they can reap all of the benefits that ADS­B brings to flying.”

AEA: Five $1,000 cash awards

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) will award $1,000 each to five aircraft owners during EAA AirVenture 2016. The money must be applied toward an ADS-B-compliant avionics upgrade by an AEA-member avionics repair station; the installation must be scheduled by Aug. 1, 2017.

The avionics trade association’s intent is to help incentivize general aviation aircraft owners to meet the FAA’s ADS-B Out mandate; beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the satellite-based technology will be required for flight in all airspace where a transponder is required today. This is the third consecutive year that AEA will present five $1,000 awards at the show.

“The avionics repair shop industry in the United States has only 41 months remaining to equip the general aviation fleet of more than 100,000 aircraft with ADS-B Out equipment,” said AEA President Paula Derks. “Aircraft owners who wait to equip will face scheduling pressure and, likely, higher installation costs as we get closer to the January 1, 2020, deadline. By awarding $1,000 to five different aircraft owners to help them become compliant sooner rather than later, AEA hopes to send a message to owners of general aviation aircraft that the time to act and upgrade is now.”

Aircraft owners may enter during AirVenture at Hangar B, booth 2035/2036, beginning July 25. AEA will announce one winner each day through July 29 via its social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and at its AirVenture booth.

Of course, AirVenture will be a great place to learn more about ADS-B. Many ADS-B equipment manufacturers are exhibiting at the show, and several will present seminars. AOPA will host ADS-B panel discussions at its Program Pavilion at 11 a.m. daily from July 27 through 29.

Mike Collins

Mike Collins

Technical Editor
Mike Collins has worked for AOPA’s media network since 1994. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.
Topics: Avionics, ADSB, EAA AirVenture

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