If you operate in airspace that currently requires a Mode C or Mode S transponder, you’ll need to be equipped with ADS-B “Out” by January 1, 2020. This includes Class A, B, or C airspaces, Class E airspace at and above 10,000 ft MSL over the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, and Class E airspace over the Gulf of Mexico from the coastline of the U.S. out to 12 nm and above 3,000 ft MSL.
Even if you don’t fall into one of these categories, you’ll still need an ADS-B “Out” solution if you find yourself flying from the surface up to 10,000 ft MSL within 30 miles of most primary Class B airports.
Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration announced an incentive program that would allow aircraft owners to receive a $500 rebate upon successful completion of ADS-B installation.
So what does this mean for aircraft owners and pilots who fly in the United States? It means that now is the time to reserve a spot at your local authorized dealer for installation of a Garmin ADS-B solution!
With 39 months remaining until the 2020 deadline, there will have to be at least 3500 installations per month (There were 3400 installations in the past SIX months). As with any modification program of this magnitude, there will inevitably be shortages of available kits and components as well as qualified labor that will cause a lot of pain and heartache for aircraft owners as the deadline nears.
ADS-B Frequently Asked Questions - FAA
One of the most important questions answered at this link is why portable ADS-B devices are not allowed? It is important the owners not be mislead by claims that portable ADS-B units meet FAA requirements. The list of reasons provided by the FAA are:
Total Air Group is available and ready to answer questions regarding ADS-B or any other maintenance you may require. Contact us at 901-396-9707 or send us an email at email@example.com
Additional links to ADS-B information on the FAA and Equipment OEM Web Sites:
FAA Information on ADS-B Installation
FAA Certified ADS-B Equipment List
Garmin ADS-B Academy
Bendix King ADS-B
FreeFlight Systems ADS-B
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