WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA has relaunched its $500 ADS-B rebate program.
According to FAA officials, the agency is making $4.9 million available for rebates, which will fund 9,792 ADS-B Out installations.The program runs through Oct. 11, 2019.
As of Jan. 1, 2020, aircraft flying in airspace where a transponder is necessary today will be required to be equipped with compliant ADS-B Out technology.
“The ADS-B mandate is not going away. We are about 15 months from the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline and now is the time for aircraft owners to equip,” said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell.
The previous rebate program, which ran from Sept. 19, 2016, to Sept. 18, 2017, issued more than 10,000 rebate payments.
As before, there are five steps aircraft owners must follow to meet the mandate and receive the $500 rebate:
- Purchase the equipment and schedule installation.
- Obtain a Rebate Reservation Code by reserving a position online.
- Install the equipment.
- Conduct the required equipment performance validation and get an Incentive Code.
- Claim the $500 rebate online using the Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code.
As with the earlier rebate program, the rebate program is available only to those who have not yet equipped their aircraft.
In addition to the ADS-B Rebate reservation portal, the FAA’s Equip ADS-B website lists FAA-certified ADS-B equipment and features an equipage database searchable by aircraft type and model.
steve paone says
I’m trying to find out whether claims where registered. My customers never received confirmation email
The response to the thread below is that he forwarded my remarks to the decision makers. If anyone reading here wants to have the rebate extended to light twins, the email address of the FAA is published in the thread.
While I appreciate your kind and considered response, I know this assumption to be inaccurate.
The PA30 owners need a push since they are sitting on the fence, and if the rebate was extended to them they would move. The PA30 is a 3600 lb gross weight aircraft, and it should be included in the rebate program.
The mistake with the ADS-B rebate program is that you limited it to single engine aircraft, and that is a ridiculous presumption. When you say that the FAA collaborated with industry, my response is that they didn’t collaborate with ICS or myself. We were ignored, so when you say that the FAA collaborated with industry, I ask “Which industry”? There are about 1200 PA30 aircraft registered, and to exclude that category is counter intuitive.
I recommend that singles and twins up to 6,000 lbs (or a limit elected by the FAA) be included if you want compliance. You aren’t getting it now, I assure you.
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:19 AM
Subject: Re: Message from www.faa.gov: ADSBRebateHelp@faa.gov
I copied the response below from the Frequently Asked Questions link on the ADS-B Rebate Website: www.faa.gov/go/rebate
The FAA collaborated with industry to identify the aircraft owners who are most likely to delay their decision to equip with ADS-B because of cost concerns. We identified owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft as those most likely to have cost concerns. The FAA’s objective is to incentivize this large population of aircraft owners to equip as soon as possible.
ADS-B Rebate Program Office,
Federal Aviation Administration
Have questions? Get answers from our ADS-B Rebate Frequently Asked Questions: www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/rebate/faq/
Read the Program Rules: www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/rebate/media/ADS-B_Rebate_Program_Rules.pdf
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2018 1:05 PM
To: ADSBRebateHelp (FAA)
Subject: Message from www.faa.gov: ADSBRebateHelp@faa.gov
This email was sent through the Federal Aviation Administration’s public website. You have been contacted via an email link on the following page: www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/rebate/
I fly a PA30, Piper Twin Comanche, a 3,600 lb gross weight light aircraft. Because it has two engines it does not qualify for the ADS-B rebate.
If I fly a Piper Saratoga, a 3,600 lb single engine aircraft, I would qualify for the rebate. Same weight, one gets the rebate, the other does not. This is strikingly unfair.
What does it take to get the FAA to recognize this? Why has the rebate not been extended to light twins? It makes no sense.
Sadly, life aint’t fair.
Why only single engine airplanes? My older twin costs much less than most newer singles yet only singles get a financial stipend to equip for 2020?
How about the folks who missed the original deadline by a month or two?
How about all the people who did it before the first rebate? This is all so silly.