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FAA $500 Rebate Program

Wondering if you’re eligible for the $500 ADS-B rebate? Easy – if your aircraft is registered in the United States (before January 1, 2016), is a fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft whose operation requires an onboard pilot and has not already been ADS-B equipped – you qualify! Next, you’ll need to decide which ADS-B solution is right for you and you guessed it, we can definitely help you with that. 


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!

The FAA has provided a Frequently Asked Questions resource at the link below. 

Making the decision to equip for ADS-B now has several benefits. 

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:

  • Portable ADS-B Out systems, also known as "suitcase" units, should not be operated (transmitting) aboard any aircraft. While marketing associated with these units may imply approval for use by way of an FCC license, the FAA prohibits their use for the following reasons:
  • The positioning of portable, suction-cup GPS antennas associated with these units often require they be affixed to front or side windows or glare shield to obtain a usable signal. Such antenna placement obstructs the pilot's view.  Connecting wiring also interferes with aircraft controls and instruments.
  • ADS-B Out avionics require a valid Mode S code to be transmitted to operate properly with ATC automation and other ADS-B aircraft.  Mode S codes, also known as the ICAO code, are assigned to an aircraft during registration and then programmed into transponders and ADS-B Out avionics.  Mode S codes remain static until a change in aircraft registration or identification (N-number) occurs.  Portable units require users to input the Mode S code assigned to each aircraft flown.  A high number of Mode S code entry errors have occurred with this procedure, which prevent proper target correlation within ATC automation systems (target drops/traffic conflict alerts), which have resulted in increased workload and unnecessary distractions for pilots and controllers.
  • The positioning of ADS-B antenna is also vital in the quality of the signal that is transmitted, and if capable, received by the ADS-B device.  There have been a number of aircraft identified using portable ADS-B devices that result in degraded performance due solely to poor antenna location.

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 service@totalairgroup.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


Operation of aircraft not equipped with ADS-B out technology will be severely restricted in the airspace of the continental US as outlined below.

  • Equipment/Kits are available for your installation today.
  • The FAA will issue 20,000 rebates in the amount of $500 on a first-come, first-served basis for one year or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed – whichever comes first.  The rebate is available only to owners of U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft that were first registered before January 1, 2016.  (no software upgrades)
  • Avionics labor resources are available. 

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. 

Total Air Group is committed to helping our customers meet the requirements for FAR 91.225 and 91.227 ADS-B by the January 1, 2020 deadline.  Part of that commitment is helping with awareness and education on what ADS-B is and what it means to aircraft owner operators.

 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.