Avionics News May 2017 - 59
What is required before
registering for the rebate?
The rebate reservation form requires the make
and model of the ADS-B equipment planned for
installation as well as the scheduled installation
date. The rebate reservation software checks for
aircraft eligibility using data from the FAA Civil
Where do I go to make a reservation?
The ADS-B Rebate Reservation System is
available from the ADS-B Rebate website at www.
Why is eligibility limited to
Since the rebate program is aimed at this
segment of the GA community, only TSO-certified
Version 2 equipment is eligible. The cost of
TSO-certified equipment is typically higher
than similar equipment that isn't certified,
making it less affordable for cost-sensitive
customers. This program is geared to ensure
full aircraft compliance to the rule which will
ensure continuous access to the rule airspace
in 2020. The FAA maintains a list of the eligible
equipment at www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/
equipment. This list is updated approximately
monthly. However, avionics manufacturers will
have the latest status of TSO certification for their
ADS-B Version 2 systems.
Why aren't software upgrades
eligible for this program?
Software upgrades are typically much less
expensive than new equipment. Since the rebate
program is aimed at cost-sensitive owners who
need to equip to meet the deadline, eligibility is
limited to the purchase of new ADS-B equipment.
Does a certified installer or repair
station have to do the installation to
qualify for the rebate?
Aircraft owners who have a standard
airworthiness aircraft (e.g. Part 23, 25, 27, 29)
may have the ADS-B equipment installed by
a repair station or an appropriately-licensed
A&P mechanic. Owners of aircraft certificated
as experimental or light sport must adhere to
applicable regulations and established standards
when installing ADS-B equipment.
Why is the FAA requiring that aircraft
must be flown in the airspace defined
in 14 CFR 91.225 for a minimum of 30
This type of flight is essential to validate that
the new avionics were installed properly and
are rule compliant. Since the target audience
is people who generally fly in the designated
airspace, they won't find it a hardship to perform
the required validation flights.
After an aircraft owner successfully
claims a rebate, how long will it take
to receive a rebate payment?
Assuming they have met the program rules,
applicants can expect to receive a rebate payment
in four to six weeks after the FAA has validated
their rebate claim and authorized payment. q