FAA’s ADS-B rebates are all gone — install by Jan. 1

October 11, 2019  - By
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The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Oct. 11 that all 20,000 rebates offered to general aviation aircraft owners to equip their aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out have been issued and are no longer available.

Aircraft owners who have already reserved their rebate, but not claimed it yet with installation, will be allotted the specified time needed to complete the requirements for the rebate.

FAA ADS-B equippage deadline

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Starting Jan. 1, 2020, ADS-B Out avionics will be required for aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace. ADS-B is a state-of-the-art surveillance system that enables air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability.

The FAA first launched the $500 ADS-B rebate program in September 2016 to encourage owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft to equip in advance of the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline and take advantage of ADS-B benefits.

The FAA has reiterated that the deadline will not change.

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Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006, and also is editor of GPS World’s sister website, Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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