Avionics News March 2017 - 32
IS YOUR NEW ADS-B EQUIPMENT WORKING CORRECTLY?
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tion, it is a good idea for aircraft owners to check performance
with PAPR periodically, especially after maintenance or a software
update to an ADS-B system component.
Improving PAPR as ADS-B equipage rises
The FAA continues to improve the process for requesting and
receiving PAPR reports based on feedback from aircraft owners,
pilots and manufacturers.
An earlier process let users request ADS-B avionics
performance by email, but responses could take up to a day.
Now a user can visit the FAA's portal an hour after a flight, enter
data in a few fields and submit a request in a matter of minutes.
A six-page report comes back in about 30 minutes.
A PAPR provides an overall assessment of avionics
performance and sufficient detail to determine if your equipment
complies with ADS-B regulations. It also flags any issues about
the integrity and accuracy of your aircraft position reports.
The FAA estimates that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation
aircraft may need to be ADS-B Out equipped by the 2020
deadline. About 1,300 new ADS-B installations occur each month.
Equipping early and validating that your ADS-B avionics are
working properly will prevent any potential headaches that could
arise as the deadline approaches. Aircraft owners who do not
equip by the 2020 deadline may find that their aircraft will not
be permitted to fly in certain airspace where ADS-B is required
until they complete an installation and the equipment is working
properly. As the deadline approaches, repair shops expect to get
even busier. Because of their proximity to larger airports, some
general aviation airports are impacted by Class B or C airspace,
or a Mode C veil. A Mode C veil is the airspace within a
30-nautical-mile radius of a Class B airport identified in Part 91,
Appendix D, Section 1, from the surface to 10,000 feet where an
aircraft must have a transponder capable of reporting its altitude.
Aircraft based near any of the 37 Class B airports in the United
States, and near some of the Class C ones as well, will need
ADS-B Out equipment installed and working properly by the
deadline on Jan. 1, 2020, if they fly in rule airspace when taking
off or landing or transiting in and out of the area. Otherwise,
pilots will need authorization from controllers every time they
fly until the required equipment is installed.
You can view the ADS-B rule airspace in your area and where
you fly by downloading the Equip ADS-B Google Earth map
at the FAA's Equip ADS-B website at www.faa.gov/nextgen/
To ensure that you can keep flying in the same places today
after the 2020 mandate, it's better to have ADS-B installed
and validated early. FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta
has reiterated on many occasions that the deadline for ADS-B
equipage will not be extended. q
$500 incentive requires proof of rule-compliant ADS-B
The FAA is offering a $500 incentive to encourage
general aviation aircraft owners to equip their aircraft
with ADS-B sooner rather than later. These incentives
are available on a one-year, first-come, first-served basis
under a program that began in the fall of 2016.
To take advantage of the incentive program, the
equipment that's installed must be FAA rule-compliant
and its performance must be demonstrated with a flight
After the installation, an aircraft must be flown in the
airspace defined in 14 CFR 91.225 (see Program Rules
for exceptions in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto
Rico) for at least 30 minutes to receive an incentive
payment. This flight is essential to validate that the new
avionics are properly installed and comply with the rule
Eligibility is limited to the purchase of new, TSOcertified ADS-B equipment. The incentive is meant to
help defray avionics and installation costs, and let aircraft
owners enjoy the safety benefits of the NextGen program
ahead of the 2020 deadline. The program applies to U.S.registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft that
are not currently equipped with ADS-B Out Version 2.
The incentive is designed to encourage cost-sensitive
owners to equip in the coming year rather than wait until
closer to the deadline and risk being grounded due to
high demand for equipment and installation.
The incentive does not include software upgrades
of existing equipment or new aircraft that were first
registered before January 2016.
Owners can also claim an incentive for installing an
integrated system that includes ADS-B Out and In, which
enables pilots to receive subscription-free traffic and
weather information in the cockpit and see the location
of their planes in relation to other nearby aircraft.
Find full program details at www.faa.gov/go/rebate.q