Navigating the process of ADS-B installation has proven to be a complicated, expensive, and time-consuming task for aviators across the nation. With very little guidance to go on when it comes to choosing the right model of equipment or selecting the right avionics shop for their installation needs, aircraft owners are increasingly finding themselves confused and irate about the whole process.
That’s why we created the Equip ADS-B Marketplace. Today, we are going to take an in-depth look at all of the specific benefits the Marketplace has for aircraft owners, and how to best take advantage of them. We’ll examine how the Marketplace saves you a significant amount of time and hassle when it comes to researching and selecting your equipment, locating an FAA approved solution for your aircraft, and choosing the right avionics shop for installation. We’ll also take a look at how the Marketplace benefits you financially, both directly in terms of preserving the value of your aircraft as an asset, as well as ensuring that you pay as little as possible out of pocket when it comes to purchasing and installing your ADS-B equipment.
Here’s how we can help you in your search for the right ADS-B solution for your operation:
Save Time and Money
One of the biggest advantages of the Equip ADS-B Marketplace is that it saves an aircraft owner upwards of a dozen hours of extremely time-consuming busywork. The research process is entirely streamlined; you’ll find all the information you need to make the best choice when it comes to complying with the ADS-B Out mandate” – all in one convenient place.
You’ll also save a significant amount of time when it comes to prospecting for the right avionics shop to complete the installation. On the Marketplace, avionics repair stations from all over the nation will be able to easily see your RFQ, and you can get competing quotes from multiple vendors simultaneously, rather than dealing with the salesforce of the dozen or so different mod shops you may be considering hiring for the project.
Using the Equip ADS-B Marketplace, a savvy aircraft owner can completely handle their ADS-B upgrade all the way from the information-gathering and research stage through the installation in a fraction of the time it would usually take them.
Lowest Price Check
Another major benefit of the Equip ADS-B Marketplace is our unique public bidding system, which enables us to offer all of our registered aircraft owners a Lowest Price check – even if you’ve already obtained quotes from another avionics shop before registering on the site.
Once you have posted an RFQ on the site, all interested avionics shops will be able to locate your project, examine the specs, and deliver you a quote. If you have obtained previous proposals or quotations from outside our network, the avionics shops on the Marketplace will be able to review them before making their bid – motivating them to ultimately offer you a better deal in order to obtain your business. The shops will not know where you received the bid.
Throughout the quoting procedure, the bids of competing avionics shops are hidden from one another, but after you have selected which vendor you intend to use for your ADS-B installation, the quote is revealed, which enables the avionics shops to see what pricing levels are winning the day, motivating them to keep their bidding procedure extremely competitive for each and every aircraft owner.
Easy to Research
Any time a consumer makes a major purchase, it is only natural that they will do a little bit of research into the various makes, models, and options available to them, and ADS-B equipment is no different.
However, both governmental and consumer organizations have done a less than stellar job when it comes to making information about the various types of ADS-B Out & In system-pairings (transmitter/GPS) available. While the information is out there, tracking it down is another matter entirely. You can easily find yourself bouncing back and forth between a dozen or more different government and corporate websites trying to learn about the system-pairing and installation process.
The Equip ADS-B Marketplace streamlines this process by collecting and collating much of the available literature relevant to ADS-B equipment, the FAA mandate, and the various avionics shops that install it together in one place, greatly simplifying the research process for aircraft owners, saving them, even more, time.
Choosing the Right Avionics Repair Station
Once you have selected the right ADS-B solution for your aircraft, you’re only half done with the process. Now you need to locate an FAA Part 145 Repair Station, who has an Approved Model List (AML) STC or holds a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the specific ADS-B transmitter and GPS pairing for the ADS-B OUT system installation for your aircraft.
Not only that, but you’ll probably want to find several avionics shops that fit that description, to obtain competitive quotes. In order to save money and get the best service, you’ll want to look in a much wider geographic area than you might usually think as well. You could potentially save a considerable amount of labor costs by flying a few states over, so you may realistically be looking at most of the country, making the search harder.
After all of that, you then have to deal with the salespeople. Keep in mind that due to the mandate deadline, and the fact that many operators have delayed the installation of their ADS-B equipment, almost every avionics shop in the nation is going to be booked to capacity in the coming months. This means dealing with overworked sales teams will be harder than usual, as will finding available installation slots.
The Equip ADS-B Marketplace greatly simplifies this process for aircraft owners by enabling FAA Part 145 Repair Stations to reach out to you instead, based on their availability and expertise, and hopefully earn your business by providing the most competitive quotes possible – all without you lifting a finger.
Approved Solutions for Non-standard Aircraft
If your needs or aircraft deviate from the industry standard (perhaps you need to outfit a mixed-fleet of jet aircraft, or perhaps you’ve done non-standard modification work on your aircraft) the entire process outlined above becomes exponentially harder. Resources are limited (to non-existent) when it comes to the research process. Each aircraft and equipment combination needs to be engineered, drafted and approved by the FAA, at a cost of upwards of $1M, meaning many avionics shops will specialize in offering a handful of ‘industry standard’ offerings, and not much else.
Usage of the Equip ADS-B Marketplace is even more valuable for these types of aircraft owners, as the problems are magnified at the same time their available information and guidance is lessened.
Preserves Asset Value
One final consideration to keep in mind is that handling your ADS-B upgrade now will help you preserve the value of your aircraft as an asset – this is of particular importance if you plan on selling your craft anytime between today and the date of the mandate.
If you try to sell your aircraft without a rule-compliant ADS-B OUT system, most individuals and brokers will likely insist on accounting for the cost of the upgrade during the time of sale in one way or another. Using the Equip ADS-B Marketplace to get the installation done quickly, and affordably ensures that your aircraft will retain its full value and that there won’t be any impediments to sale when the time comes.
As you can see, the advantages the Equip ADS-B Marketplace offers to aircraft owners are numerous and substantial. Best of all, it is entirely free to register and use – you can access any and all features of the site, from our large library of informational resources and materials to our RFQ process and avionics shop’s contact information without ever paying a dime.
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