Rebate Incentive for General Aviation Aircraft Owners to Equip with ADS-B Out Avionics

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A group of general aviation leaders today applauded the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement of a $500 rebate incentive for general aviation aircraft owners who equip their U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft with required ADS-B Out avionics technology. The announcement was made today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a foundational technology for the FAA’s NextGen program that modernizes the air traffic control system in the United States. It is comprised with a suite of technologies and procedures that will transform aircraft surveillance by using satellite-based positioning.

The FAA published a final rule in May 2010 mandating that aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace be equipped with ADS-B Out by Jan. 1, 2020. That airspace is generally the same busy airspace where transponders are required. Aircraft that fly only in uncontrolled airspace where no transponders are required, and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from the mandate.

According to the FAA, it will announce the effective date soon, and 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 FAA is encouraging owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft to apply as soon as the program is launched this fall because the rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one year, or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 aircraft need to be equipped by the deadline.

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) will assist the FAA in the program’s administrative process by issuing the $500 rebates to qualifying aircraft owners. More information about the rebate program is available at and

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