The FAA has determined that two NavWorx Inc. universal access transceiver (UAT) models do not qualify for the FAA’s $500 ADS-B Out rebate program. The UATs provide Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out and In capabilities on the 978 MHz frequency.
NavWorx UATs with part numbers ADS600B 200-0012 and ADS600B 200-0013—which are subject to a recently proposed airworthiness directive and an FAA unapproved parts notification—are not TSO-certified and do not qualify for the ADS-B Rebate Program, the FAA said in an email sent Oct. 21 to aircraft owners who have reserved rebates and selected NavWorx hardware.
“The FAA is ready to work with those who have already purchased NavWorx equipment and still want to participate in the rebate program,” the email said. Rebate applicants can request an additional 45 days from the planned installation date that they entered during the reservation step of the rebate program to procure rebate-eligible ADS-B Out equipment.
In making a claim for one of the NavWorx part numbers that does qualify for the rebate, the email continued, an aircraft owner will have to provide a copy of the bill of sale, indicating the owner’s name, NavWorx equipment and part number, serial number, and date of purchase; a picture of the device’s data plate indicating the part number, serial number, and a copy of the logbook indicating the installed part number; or a copy of the FAA Form 337 that includes the required information.
The FAA proposed an AD on Oct. 20 that would require removing the specified NavWorx model ADS600-B remote-mounted UATs from the aircraft in which they have been installed, and would prohibit their installation on any aircraft. That followed an unapproved parts notification issued by the FAA on Oct. 14, which recommends that affected NavWorx UATs installed in an aircraft not be operated, and should be removed or deactivated. The unapproved parts notification and proposed AD affect the same NavWorx UATs, except that the proposed AD also covers model ADS600-EXP with part number 200-8013; it was not referenced in the unapproved parts notification. The FAA will accept comments on the proposed AD until Dec. 19.
“AOPA will be responding to the proposed AD,” said Justin Barkowski, AOPA director of regulatory affairs. “In the meantime, members who have already installed the affected ADS-B units should deactivate the unit and wait for the process to be resolved before taking any further action. Members who are considering the ADS600-B as their hardware solution for meeting the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B Out mandate should delay purchase and installation until the FAA has made a final decision on the proposed AD.”