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20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The
FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 aircraft need to
be equipped by the Jan . 1, 2020, deadline .
The $500 rebate will help offset an owner's cost to
equip U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston
aircraft with avionics that comply with FAA technical
standard orders and meet the rule requirements . The
FAA is not offering rebates for software upgrades for
aircraft already equipped, for new aircraft, or for aircraft
for which the FAA already has paid or committed to
upgrade . The FAA will be able to
distribute 20,000 rebates - one
rebate per aircraft owner .
The Aircraft Electronics
Association will assist the FAA in the
program's administrative process by
issuing the $500 rebates to qualifying
aircraft owners .
The following information was available on the
Federal Aviation Administration's website immediately
following the public announcement made on June 6,
2016 . For more information or current updates about the
FAA's ADS-B rebate program, visit the website at
www .faa .gov/go/rebate .
As demand for our nation's airspace grows,
NextGen technologies and procedures are making air
travel safer and more efficient, with less impact on the
environment . The FAA is offering an incentive to the
general aviation community so they can experience
significant benefits now.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or
ADS-B, is a foundational NextGen technology that
transforms aircraft surveillance using satellite-based
positioning . The ADS-B ground infrastructure is complete
and operational today. Air traffic controllers across the
nation are able to monitor aircraft using either groundbased radar or ADS-B .
The general aviation community will benefit greatly
from ADS-B, but many operators have yet to equip
their aircraft with ADS-B avionics . This equipment will
be mandatory for all aircraft flying in certain controlled
airspace beginning on Jan . 1, 2020 .
Benefits of ADS-B for general aviation
General aviation and air taxi aircraft equipped with
ADS-B Out enjoy more efficient spacing and optimal
routing in some non-radar environments, including busy
airspace in the Gulf of Mexico, mountainous regions of
Colorado, and the lower altitudes of Alaska . Furthermore,
general aviation pilots can receive Air Traffic Control
services outside radar coverage due to ADS-B .
ADS-B improves lifesaving search-and-rescue with
accurate and timely last-reported positions .
www .faa .gov/go/rebate
Although not mandated, ADS-B In avionics and cockpit
displays offer transformative services at no subscription
cost to users . These include:
Cockpit displays of nearby air traffic for an
environment of shared situational awareness with
other pilots and controllers .
Graphical weather displays to pilots to help avoid
the dangers of hazardous weather and make
better-informed decisions on most efficient routes
(available on the UAT link only) .
Important aeronautical information from the Notices
to Airmen, such as temporary flight restrictions or
closed runways (available on the UAT link only) .
Required ADS-B equipment for certain
The equipment used to broadcast GPS-derived
location information, ADS-B Out, is mandated by 2020
for aircraft flying in certain airspace - generally the
same busy airspace where transponders are required
today. Aircraft that fly in uncontrolled airspace where no
transponders are required, and aircraft without electrical
systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from
the mandate .
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