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What is required before registering
for the FAA's ADS-B rebate?
The rebate reservation form requires the N-number of the eligible
aircraft, 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
Are aircraft with portable ADS-B Out
equipment eligible for the rebate?
Where do I go to make a reservation?
The ADS-B Rebate Reservation System is available at the ADS-B
Rebate website: www.faa.gov/go/rebate.
Why is the FAA requiring that aircraft must be
flown in the airspace defined in 14 CFR 91.225
for a minimum of 30 minutes?
This type of flight is essential to validate that the new avionics were
installed properly and are rule compliant. The rebate program targets
pilots who generally fly in the designated rule airspace.
What do I need to do if I have received my
PAPR report but did not get my incentive code?
Aircraft owners should allow 24 hours to receive the email from noReplyADSBRebate@faa.gov containing the PAPR and General Aviation
Incentive Requirements Summary reports. Aircraft owners should check
their spam and junk email folders before contacting the ADS-B Rebate
Program Office. If the reports are not received within 24 hours, aircraft
owners should email ADSBRebateHelp@faa.gov and provide the aircraft tail number and date of the validation flight in Zulu time (UTC+0).
The ADS-B Rebate Program Office will manually check the database
for the flight information.
Why is eligibility limited to
Because the rebate program is aimed at this segment of the general aviation community, only TSO-certified Version 2 equipment is
eligible. The cost of TSO-certified equipment is typically higher than
similar equipment that is not 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 every month. However, avionics manufacturers have the latest
status of TSO certification for their ADS-B Version 2 systems.
Why are software upgrades ineligible
for this program?
The FAA Rebate Program considers a software upgrade to be an
upgrade performed by personnel at an installation shop. This example
is considered a software upgrade and not eligible as a new equipment
installation per the program rules, which require "permanent installation
of new avionics equipment."
Software upgrades are typically much less expensive than new
equipment. Because the rebate program is aimed at cost-sensitive owners who need to equip to meet the deadline, the eligibility is limited to
the purchase of new ADS-B equipment after the rebate announcement.
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Aircraft using portable units that have been detected flying in the
National Airspace System before Sept. 19, 2016, will not be able to
reserve a rebate without first contacting the ADS-B Rebate Program
Office to request eligibility. Eligibility may be granted if ADS-B Out
avionics certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders are permanently
installed on the aircraft. To qualify for a rebate, the aircraft owner must
request consideration via ADSBRebateHelp@faa.gov. To be considered
eligible, the aircraft owner is required to provide a clear picture of the
portable unit and serial number.
Because there could be a delay of up to one week from the time
the request is submitted via email, there is no guarantee that a rebate
reservation will be available. The rebate program does not accept
any responsibility for delays that are incurred during the process. The
rebate program limits one rebate per portable unit.
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 - for
example, Parts 23, 25, 27 and 29 - may have the ADS-B equipment
installed by a repair station or an appropriately licensed airframe and
powerplant mechanic. Owners of aircraft certificated as experimental or
light sport must adhere to applicable regulations and established standards when installing ADS-B equipment.
What happens if the equipment is
not installed on the scheduled date?
The ADS-B Rebate Program has allotted 60 days after the scheduled installation date to fly, validate and claim the rebate. This allows
the owner to resolve unforeseen issues with their installation or avionics. If the rebate is not claimed within 60 days of the initial scheduled
installation date, the rebate reservation will be voided and the aircraft
owner will have to apply for a new rebate reservation. Please note that
the FAA does not guarantee that rebate reservations will be available.
After an aircraft owner successfully
claims a rebate, how long will it take to
receive a rebate payment?
If the program rules have been met, an applicant will receive the
payment in four to six weeks after the FAA has validated and approved
the rebate claim.
How long will the rebate program run?
The program will run for one year or until the funds for all 20,000
rebates are exhausted. There are no plans to extend the program or
increase the rebate. The last day to make a rebate reservation is
Sept. 18, 2017, if reservations are still available. q