FAA Offers Rebates for New ADS-B Equipment:

The agency estimates that between 100,000 and 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to equip with ADS-B Out. Unless equipage rates pick up, installation shops could be overwhelmed during the rush of the final two years. If too many operators wait, suppliers and installers will not be able to keep up with demand. This will result in a bottleneck of long wait times and possibly higher installation prices.

There are no obstacles now for owners to equip. All standards for certification and operational approvals have been in place since 2011. Additional guidance, such as operations specifications and guidance for field approval, also have been published. Approximately 1,100 certified repair stations are ready to install ADS-B avionics.

To help avoid this last-minute rush and potential bottlenecks, the FAA is offering a financial incentive to owners of general aviation aircraft.

These aircraft are defined as U.S.-registered, fixed-wing single-engine piston aircraft.

The agency is offering owners of these aircraft rebates of $500 based on their purchase of avionics that are certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and meet the requirements of the 2010 rule.

Rebate Program Rules:

  • Timeframe: Approximately one year or until the funds for all 20,000 rebates are exhausted, whichever comes first.
  • Aircraft: Existing fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft. Aircraft first registered after 1-Jan-2016 (new aircraft) are not eligible.
  • Equipment: Avionics that are certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and meet the requirements of the rule (14 CFR paragraphs 91.225 and 91.227). Software upgrades of existing equipment are not eligible. Rebates are not available for aircraft already equipped or for which the FAA already has paid or committed to upgrade.
  • Proof of equipage: Within 60 days of the planned installation date, aircraft must be flown in "rule airspace" as defined in 14 CFR 91.225 (see Program Rules for an exception to this in AK, HI, Puerto Rico and Guam) for a minimum of 30 minutes with at least 10 aggregate minutes of maneuvering (See Program Rules for details).