AEA to award $1,000 toward ADS-B upgrade to five aircraft owners

To help owners of general aviation aircraft meet the FAA’s ADS-B Out mandate, the Aircraft Electronics Association will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade.

“The FAA recently made it clear to Congress that the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline for ADS-B Out compliance is not going to change,” said Paula Derks, AEA president. “The avionics repair shops have less than six years to equip approximately 186,000 operational aircraft, which means the industry must upgrade more than 130 aircraft per workday between now and the deadline. Currently, the industry is barely upgrading 100 aircraft a month, or around five per workday. Obviously, there’s a lot of catching up to do.

“While the avionics repair shops have the capacity to meet demand at the present time, this will not be the case beyond 2016 unless the installation pace picks up dramatically. 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 may enter to win one of the five $1,000 giveaways at the AEA’s booth (No. 2035/36 in hangar B) during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The AEA will announce one winner each day from July 29 through Aug. 2 through its social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and from its booth in Oshkosh.

Aircraft owners must be at least 18 years old to register to win. Each of the five winners must use an AEA-member avionics shop to complete the installation, and the installation must be scheduled by Aug. 1, 2015. One entry gives aircraft owners a chance to win each of the five daily drawings.

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  1. Tom says

    Oh this is real cute. Throw a “bone” to 5 unsuspecting aircraft owners who will have to cough up the rest to be compliant – sorry but if I win I will refuse to accept the prize – read that tear up the check at the awards ceremony. In fact I would rather give them 1000 if I didn’t have to do the AD-S BS thing. All this is is a special money making boondogle for the avionics people and it won’t be the end either. They will continue to push for us poor suckers that barely can afford the fuel right now – ELT’s, transponders, etc. etc. etc. til we end up with a 50 cent cheese sandwich rather than a 100 dollar hamburger.

  2. Kenneth Hetge says

    Prediction…….. we will see more parked GA airplanes after the drop dead date for ADS-B than we have ever seen in history. Unless there are some drastic reductions in the overall price for the equipment and installation, owners who barely have enough money to fly now will say……..ENOUGH is ENUFF!!! We will also see a horrific drop in values as owners who dont want to buy or cant afford the new(mandated) stuff try to sell their airplanes and flood the market. I hope I am wrong, but it may ultimately be the “perfect storm” for aviation. On the bright side, it will take care of the 3rd class medical issue cause there will be no one left, personally or recreationally, who can afford to fly. Oh, well, back to kite flying!!!

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