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DON'T BE LATE TO MEET
THIS VERY IMPORTANT
D A V I D
H U G H E S ,
F A A
N E X T G E N
P E R F O R M A N C E
he ADS-B mandate is about 40
months away . It may seem like
plenty of time, but the closer you
get to the end of 2019, the longer the line
will get for an installation .
"We would like to see the industry equip
with ADS-B Out as soon as possible,"
said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to
attendees at the Aircraft Electronics Asso-
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ciation International Convention & Trade
Show in Orlando, Florida, on April 27,
2016 . "Let me be clear that the deadline
for the mandate is set at Jan . 1, 2020 . It
will not change," he reminded them .
Currently, about 900 general aviation
aircraft are being equipped with ADS-B
each month in the U .S ., but that number
should be much higher if everyone who
needs to equip is going to have the job
done in time . So taking action now is
important for anyone who wants to fly in
2020 without restriction almost anywhere
in the national airspace system .
"We know that it's human nature for
people to wait until they absolutely have
to do something," Huerta said . "There's a
sense that if owners wait longer to equip,
they'll get better deals, or maybe owners
still have a lot of questions about the kind
of product they need. But on the flip side,
if they don't get their appointments scheduled, they might not get their installations
in time, and they might be grounded ."
If you're ready to take the next step, an FAA
website offers tools to make the task easier .