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Do the math!
Early adoption of ADS-B is critical
n July 2014, Avionics News highlighted the results
of an Aircraft Electronics Association member
survey for available resources in support of the
ADS-B Out mandate. The results were as expected:
the industry is ready, willing and able to support the
Federal Aviation Administration's mandate.
But what do repair shops tell aircraft owners?
One of the regular questions I get from the industry
and a constant point of discussion among the aviation
trade associations is, " Will there be an extension to
the 2020 deadline? "
The answer came June 25, 2014, when Michael
G. Whitaker, deputy administrator and chief NextGen
officer for the FAA, gave a statement before a U.S.
Senate subcommittee on aviation. The hearing was
titled, " NextGen: A Review of Progress, Challenges
and Opportunities for Improving Aviation Safety and
During his opening statement, Whitaker said, " Let
me be very clear. The 2020 deadline is not going to
change. We are in a position to achieve this important
milestone on time. The cost of equipment has come
down considerably. There is sufficient maintenance
capacity to allow all equipage to occur - in fact, waiting
to equip might cost more if aircraft owners crowd
repair stations to get the work done on the eve of the
Now, I am the first to admit that actions speak
louder than words, and the FAA's track record for
implementing an avionics mandate on time is not
stellar. In fact, I cannot remember a mandate in the
last five decades that was implemented on time.
But this time, there is a 10-year implementation
plan with strong language from senior FAA officials.
And don't forget the FAA must answer to Congress
regularly on the cost and schedule for implementation.
So with all this in place to support the 2020
mandate, I'm not sure I would bet against the timeline.
And that is exactly what operators who procrastinate
will be doing - betting against modernization and
wagering the utility of their aircraft.
But hey, we have more than four years - what's the
Well first of all, we don't have that long. The aircraft
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