Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2017-2018 - 4
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Aircraft owners rely on
shops for avionics expertise
elcome to the 15th edition of the Pilot's Guide
aircraft will need to be equipped with ADS-B Out avionics as
to Avionics, a consumer's directory loaded with
part of its NextGen modernization program. Simply put, aircraft
educational articles, timely information and data
that operate in rule airspace must be equipped by Jan. 1, 2020.
about the wonderful world of avionics technologies. This free
With a $500 rebate offer on the clock, the time to equip
publication is distributed to thousands of pilots and aircraft
has never been better than now. In fact, all owners of U.S.owners each year, helping them to make better buying deciregistered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft can take
sions and locate nearly 1,300 AEA member companies in
advantage of the FAA's $500 rebate program. But you must
more than 40 countries.
act quickly, because the rebates will be available on a firstFounded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics
come, first-served basis through Sept.
Association celebrated its 60th birthday
18, 2017, or until 20,000 rebates are
in March 2017 at the AEA International
claimed, whichever comes first.
Convention & Trade Show in New Orleans.
The rebate program also is helping
For six decades, the association has served
to reduce the percentage of ADS-B perthe general aviation industry in countless
formance problems because it requires
ways. A truly international organization, the
a validation step to ensure the avionics
AEA membership includes manufacturers
equipment is working properly. Since the
and distributors of avionics and instruvalidation step requires that the aircraft
ments, and government-certified repair
be flown in rule airspace, there is also
stations specializing in maintenance, repair
an increased awareness of where rule
and installation of avionics and electronic
systems in general aviation aircraft. Each
And I cannot emphasize this point
government-certified repair station brings
enough: Aircraft owners should keep
with it a degree of oversight that cannot be
in mind that the longer they delay their
matched in the private sector.
ADS-B installation, the more likely they
PAULA R. DERKS
That expertise will likely come in handy
will pay higher installation costs as we
President, Aircraft Electronics Association
Publisher, Pilot's Guide to Avionics
this year for thousands of general aviation
get closer to the deadline. Not only do we
pilots and aircraft owners, particularly as
face a potential logjam and capacity issue
the Federal Aviation Administration's deadin 2018 and 2019, the repair stations may
line to equip with ADS-B Out avionics quickly approaches.
start charging higher installation fees based upon supply and
Yes, the subtle sound of a ticking clock may take on a new
demand. Combined with the timing of the FAA's ADS-B $500
meaning as we near mid-September. Why, you ask?
rebate incentive program, aircraft owners are facing a tremenWell, the FAA launched its ADS-B Rebate Program in
dous opportunity to get compliant this year. For more informaSeptember 2016 to encourage owners of less-expensive general
tion about the FAA's ADS-B rebate program, visit www.faa.gov/
aviation aircraft to equip with the new avionics required to meet
the ADS-B Out mandate, and enjoy the safety benefits of ADS-B
Enjoy the Pilot's Guide to Avionics. Complimentary copahead of the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline.
ies of this publication may be requested while supplies last at
The FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 general aviation