A panel including AOPA, FAA, and industry stakeholders briefed House General Aviation Caucus members and their staffers on the recently announced Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate program.
The Oct. 4 briefing focused on the requirements and initial impact of the rebate program, which offers owners of single-engine, piston-powered aircraft $500 to equip with ADS-B Out technology that meets FAA compliance standards. The rebate will run through Sept. 18, 2017, or until 20,000 rebates have been distributed, whichever comes first. Aircraft operators have until Jan. 1, 2020, to equip with the ADS-B Out technology, which is a critical element of NextGen modernization, if they want to continue flying in most airspace where a Mode C transponder is required today.
“The cost of equipping to meet the FAA’s 2020 deadline has been a major impediment for many GA aircraft owners, especially owners of older or less valuable aircraft,” said Rune Duke, AOPA director of airspace and air traffic. “Many AOPA members have told us this rebate, along with the availability of lower cost equipment, is making it possible for them to equip years sooner than they would have otherwise.”
Owners who wish to participate in the rebate program must complete an online form available through the FAA’s rebate page, which also includes information about eligibility as well as application and validation requirements.
In addition to AOPA, the panel included two FAA officials, as well as representatives from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Aircraft Electronics Association, which is administering the rebate program.