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Are you looking for qualified repair stations that are available and interested in installing an ADS-B system in your aircraft? Check out these recent additions to the Equip ADS-B platform.
AHR Aviation is a Cessna & Beechcraft Authorized Serviced Center and an authorized dealer for many of the top avionics manufacturers in the industry. They are located at San Antonio International Airport (KSAT).
Bun Air provides service and satisfaction for the aircraft industry in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. They are located at the Bedford County Airport (KHMZ).
Executive Air is based at Bismarck Municipal Airport (KBIS) and is proud to offer full avionics upgrade and repair capabilities. They are dedicated to providing you with accurate quotes as well as getting your aircraft back in a timely manner.
High Desert Avionics proudly serves Southern California’s airports. They are located at Fox Field (KWJF) with easy access to Van Nuys (KVNY), Whiteman (KWHP) and Santa Monica (KSMO).
Leading Edge Avionics proudly services aircraft based at any Southern California airport. They are based at John Wayne Airport (KSNA). Whether you are looking to install new equipment, repair existing avionics or need to complete an annual or bi-annual certification, they are available to manage the job wherever your aircraft is located.
Maine Aviation Corporation, dba MAC Air Group or MAC Jets provides the general aviation community with expert services and exceptional customer care by focusing on quality, reliability, and safety. They are located at Portland International Jetport (KPWM).
Midwest Corporate Aviation is the largest family-owned fixed-base operation in Kansas located at Colonel James Jabara Airport (KAAO)! Highly experienced technicians who really care and understand the cost challenges today’s owners have meeting the ADS-B mandates.
Moorhead Aviation Services Avionics (M.A.S.A) department provide the expertise and knowledge of avionics that is designed to improve situational awareness and safety during your flight experience. They are located at Moorhead Municipal Airport (KJKJ)
Pacific Coast Avionics’ experienced and skilled technicians have completed hundreds of avionics installations for satisfied customers around the globe since 1991. They are located in the Pacific Northwest near Portland Oregon at Aurora State Airport (KUAO).
Peninsula Avionics provides high-quality avionics retrofit installations for a wide range of aircraft. They are based at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB).
Rocky Mountain Aircraft Services specializes in avionics installations, troubleshooting, and repair as well as maintenance on various airframes and power plants. They are located at Glacier Park International Airport (KGPI).
Ron Collins Aviation Electronics has been assisting aviators for over 40 years. After being located in Evansville, IN for over 38 years, they moved to the Henderson Kentucky City-County Airport (KEHR).
Temple Electronics is a full-service FAA approved Avionics Repair Station and authorized dealer for over 20 avionics brands. They are located at Houston Southwest Airport (KAXH).
Treasure Coast Avionics Inc is the only FAA Certified Repair Station for Avionics at St Lucie County International airport (KFPR). They have been serving pilots & aircraft owners in the Southeastern United States since 1990
Woodland Aviation has been serving the Sacramento / Northern California aviation community for 50 years. They specialize in turbine and piston maintenance, avionics installations and repair, aircraft sales and brokerage, and parts. They are located at Yolo County Airport (KDWA).
Log in to the Equip ADS-B platform. If it’s your first time, you need to register and fill out an aircraft profile. The good news is you’ll won’t need to fill out another Request for Quote. All of the repair stations use the platform’s RFQ to provide you with a high-quality estimate without having you fly to their location.
Then, simply click on the “Get a Free Estimate” button, next to any repair station you like, and get bids, compare quotes, and communicate with all of them, in one convenient platform. They are waiting to hear from you.
If you are concerned about getting your [ADS-B] installation completed before Jan 2020, Mike Collins recommends giving the Equip ADS-B website a try (page 93, March 2018 issue). It’s founder, Stephen Smothers has been working to add more shops, which will increase the number of options for aircraft owners who seek ADS-B capabilities.
The site [equipads.com] is designed to match aircraft owners with shops able to install ADS-B avionics during the owners’ desired timeframe. “I’m trying to level the playing field for aircraft owners because as time goes on, installations are going to get squeezed,” said Smothers a retired Delta Air Lines pilot who is also a Textron Aviation test pilot.
There is no charge for either aircraft owners or avionics shops to use the site. Like many online entrepreneurs, Smothers hopes to earn some revenue from ads within the site. He said he has revised the sites several times based on suggestions from both aircraft and shop owners.
Steve Judd use the website while researching ADS-B upgrades for his employer, a Part 135 operator flying several Cessna Citations. “I learned a lot from all the quotes and bids. It was a great education,” he said. Stephen saved us a bunch of money and a bunch of hassle.”
“I love technology.” Kip Dynamite circa 2004
Technology is changing everything around us: to the way, I brew my coffee; to the way, I stay up-to-date; even to the way, I keep fit. I enjoy the convenience and increased productivity I get from tech.
Technology is changing everything in aviation too: to the way, I check the weather, file and upload flight plans; to the way I manage the flight. I enjoy the increased situation awareness and flight efficiency I have gained from tech.
However, not everyone loves technology or sees a need to change. Now, that’s okay (in everyday life), but that won’t fly after 2020 (literally).
For the past several decades, the FAA and other Air Navigation Service Providers have been modernizing the Air Traffic Control system. The old system is based on Radar, Voice Comm, and Ground-based Nav. They are replacing it with a more accurate and efficient system for Air Traffic Management. It will be based on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, Datacomm, and Satnav.
They are modernizing for the 21st century.
We help aircraft owners & operators modernize their aircraft too.
If you are ready to upgrade to an ADS-B system, let us show you how we can help.
You’ve seen a plethora of articles about the number of months, weeks, and days remaining until the U.S. ADS-B Out mandate is here. By now, everyone should know that to fly in the U.S. above 10,000 MSL or in Class A, B, or C airspace you must have an approved and properly transmitting ADS-B Out system installed on your aircraft before Jan 1, 2020. This should not be a surprise.
But, how many articles have you read that can show you how to find the MRO, Repair Station, or avionics shop that is authorized to install an ADS-B system for your aircraft? Have you seen or read about anyone who is dedicated to helping you find a shop that is interested and available for your project? I doubt it.
You are responsible for finding out what type of ADS-B Out system you’ll need to operate in the airspace you prefer. You will need to find a shop that has an FAA-certified system and is authorized to install it on your particular make and model aircraft. Moreover, you’ll need to get this scheduled soon. If time and money is no object – you’re golden!
However, if you are concerned that you might end up paying too much for an ADS-B upgrade, you’ll want to talk to lots of shops. Getting them to give you a free estimate is a tedious process. You’ll find there is a wide range of hardware options and installation costs associated with your project. For instance, for some aircraft, a swap out of the existing transponder and an upgrade to the GPS is all that is a needed. Others will require all new equipment. You may want to add ADS-B IN or WAAS/LPV to the upgrade package. As I said, there are lots of decisions and options you’ll want to consider. Be prepared to spend a significant amount of time on the phone and online researching hardware and asking for quotes.
The Equip ADS-B Marketplace is the only online platform designed to help you find the right ADS-B system for your operation and the right aviation professionals to install it. It uses the power of the free market to get competitive quotes within your area. Best of all, it’s easy to use 24/7. You can research the mandate, read reviews about avionics shops, and compare quotes all from one platform and never waste time on the phone.
The Equip ADS-B Marketplace platform connects you with MROs, Repair Stations, or avionics shops who are qualified, available, and interested in your project.
Let us start working on your ADS-B upgrade project, today.
We made lots of new friends at AOPA’s 2017 Fly-In in Norman, OK September 8-9. It was our first event and a fantastic turnout. My wife, Cathleen, was a tremendous help. She loved talking with the hundreds of visitors to our exhibit waiting to ask me questions. We both nearly lost our voice after talking almost non-stop for two days.
I set up two computers to demonstrate the Equip ADS-B Marketplace platform’s features.
My iMac was set up to show aircraft owners how easy it is to register an aircraft and generate a Request for an ADS-B Installation Quote (RFQ). They liked the idea of just completing one RFQ to be used by all of the avionics shops. “Brilliant,” said one fleet operator who has to equip more than ten aircraft with ADS-B Out.
On my HP laptop, they saw their RFQ displayed on the Avionics Shop’s dashboard. I showed how a shop would look at their aircraft avionics profile, instrument panel pictures, and buying preferences to generate and submit a bid.
Next, I showed them how easy it was to use the platform to search and find avionics shops to request a quote or use the Resource page to look up and link to FAA information.
The owners & pilots were appreciative and thanked me for providing this service; several were astonished we they learned that we offer this service for FREE! But, they ‘got it’ when I explained we are supported by advertisements.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Here at the Equip ADS-B Marketplace, we try our utmost to service both our core groups of constituents – aircraft owners and avionics shops. Since our launch, they have provided great suggestions that will make it easier for you to get equipped. Here are just a few of the new features that will soon be available on the Equip ADS-B Marketplace.
Aircraft owners told us that they like the Equip ADS-B Marketplace platform and they like the actionable advice we provide. The one thing they said they would love to see is more quotes! We identified the obstacle and removed it.
After speaking with several shops, we learned they were hesitant to provide quotes because of the service charge. They said with the upcoming installation crunch rapidly approaching; they are booked to capacity already. They asked us to remove the charge because they simply don’t need to pay for extra business at this point, no matter how small.
They also said that despite the relative sophistication of our project listings, they told us they wanted more information about each aircraft’s surveillance and navigation system to know which of their solutions may be appropriate to quote. By the end of the month, we will have a new project listing system in place that will provide shops with every piece of information they need to accurately evaluate any individual aircraft, and instantly recognize whether the aircraft listing is one they can competitively bid for.
Consequently, we have decided to fundamentally adjust our revenue model to serve our core constituents better. All features of the Equip ADS-B Marketplace are going to be 100% completely free to use from now on — for both the avionics shops as well as the owners. This will eliminate any barriers and encourage shops to deliver more quotes for our aircraft owners.
We have replaced our former revenue model with a gratuity-based structure. Individual aircraft owners and avionics shops are invited to give a voluntary contribution – at whatever level they select – if they feel we have saved them time, money, or both, in the course of the purchase, installation, and exchange of their ADS-B equipment. We have confidence in our client’s generous giving to sufficiently cover the costs of our operations, especially after they realize how much we have saved them. The Equip ADS-B Marketplace saves each constituents dozens of hours and hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
We will make a big announcement outlining the changes in the next couple weeks. Make sure to stay tuned.
For now, spread the word that the Equip ADS-B Marketplace has not only unmatched convenience but now it is completely free to use for aircraft owners and avionics shops as too!
Mr. Peri believes that “the industry…will ramp up as demand warrants.” The avionics industry knows that the closer we get to December 2019, the aircraft owners will bear the risk of not complying with the mandate. Whether you agree or not, you do not want to be at risk of missing the deadline, not having ADS-B In, or locked-in to a system that is not upgradable.
The Equip ADS-B Marketplace helps pilots and aircraft owners reduce all of the risks above, and make informed decisions about the best possible choices when it comes to the purchase and installation of their ADS-B equipment. We provide you a wealth of information to help you learn to ask the right questions and efficiently shop for the best systems to meet your present and future needs, at an affordable price and on a reasonable schedule.
Check out the Equip ADS-B Marketplace Resource Center. It is chock-full of timely and actionable advice to get you the right information to comply with the ADS-B deadline and save time and money in the process.
As the looming January 1, 2020, deadline for the installation of ADS-B Out rapidly approaches, some avionics shops are looking to land new business by selling future installation slots. An example of one of these programs by a major service provider can be found here.
With less than 35 months until the ADS-B mandate takes effect, many avionics shops are booked six months into the future. Should you pay extra to “reserve” their next slot? No. However, if your schedule is not flexible and you are trying to combine your ADS-B upgrade with an inspection or other services, you may need to reserve a slot beyond their queue.
Let’s examine your options.
Some slot agreements are structured in such a way that your deposit to secure your installation slot will be applied toward the cost of your ADS-B equipment at the time of installation. This is a normal business practice when prices for parts and labor are not expected to change drastically in the next 9-12 months. But, these are not normal times.
With less than 35 months to go, approximately 20% of general aviation aircraft are equipped with ADS-B in the U.S. Therefore, as the deadline approaches, demand for hangar space, parts, and labor will all increase significantly.
History shows, along with underlying economic supply & demand principals, that prices will sharply rise going into this mandate. Before you put down any money, you need to ask the provider how much you will be charged for the parts and labor (including shop materials and fees) at the time of your installation.
If left unanswered, your operation is at risk, not theirs.
If you don’t negotiate a contract for a future ADS-B installation when you sign, then when the date arrives to use your slot, you may easily find yourself paying more than expected because of the rising market. The closer we get to January 1, 2020, the fewer the number of workdays available to install ADS-B systems nationwide. Prices for parts, labor, and fees will only be going up as slots become increasingly difficult to find. This volatility could easily amount to a difference of hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on the particular type of ADS-B equipment you select for your aircraft.
Worse yet, if you have put money down for a slot, without a negotiated contract, you may feel squeezed to stay in budget and end up installing an ADS-B system with fewer capabilities. If you are dissatisfied with the slot agreement, it may be difficult, or impossible, to find another avionics shop that has both an approved ADS-B solution you need, and hangar space remaining. Negotiations seldom go well for the individual who cannot walk away.
Instead of making a deposit or signing a slot agreement for a future hangar reservation alone, negotiate an ADS-B installation contract upfront that includes the cost of parts, labor, and fees.
Here are a couple of contract types that can ensure you are not locked in to a bad deal:
Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.
A firm-fixed-price contract will allow you to lock-in your equipment and costs ahead of time. The total amount is not subject to any adjustment, and the avionics shop assumes full responsibility for delivering as negotiated, whether they make a profit or not. The further out you are scheduling your installation project, the more you can expect to pay for a firm-fixed-price contract because the shop is assuming more risk.
The advantage of a firm-fixed-price contract is predictability for both the buyer and seller. Predictability offers stability during the length of the contract. Before the avionics shop can give you a realistic quote, you’ll need to let them know what type ADS-B system capability you want. And, they will need to know your aircraft’s avionics architecture and aircraft configuration before they can purchase parts ahead of time. If you make any last-minute changes or reveal items that were not disclosed during negotiations, it can drive the final cost up significantly.
If you are trying to schedule service for more than a year from now, some shops may not even consider a firm-fixed-price contract. Moreover, if you are undecided about which ADS-B system capability provides the most operational benefits for you, then consider negotiating a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract instead.
A cost-plus-fixed-fee contract is where you agree to reimburse the avionics shop for the actual cost of the parts, labor, and supplies and a pre-determined profit margin or fee. The fee is fixed at the start but may be adjusted as a result of changes in the work to be completed. The advantage of the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract is that you’ll get better quality products and services. The avionics shop will not skimp on materials or labor, and you can make changes until the time of the start of installation. The disadvantage of the cost-plus-fixed-fee is that in a rising market there is a much greater chance of cost uncertainty than firm-fixed-price contracts. You should try to negotiate a maximum not-to-exceed clause and provide an incentive bonus for delivering under this amount.
With a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, you should clearly define what expenses you will reimburse the avionics shop for. Commonly accepted expenses are parts, labor, and shop materials. Do not cover general overhead costs.
Now that you know the advantages of negotiating a contract versus a slot agreement, you’ll want to find multiple bidders to lower your out-of-pocket expense for an ADS-B installation beyond the queue.
More than likely, there are many certified repair stations in the U.S. that have an ADS-B solution for your make and model of aircraft. Before you contact them, you’ll need to do some homework.
This approach will put you in the driver’s seat, and you’ll get an ADS-B installation completed when you need it done, and at a fair price.
As of January 2017, there are approximately 140,000 general aviation aircraft in the U.S. that need ADS-B Out by January 2020. That will require over 4,000 installs per month! Unfortunately, the current rate is only 1,500 ADS-B installs per month. With less than 35 months remaining, many aircraft owners are going to pay higher, and higher, prices as market volatility increases.
The sooner you schedule your ADS-B installation, the better. If you can’t take your aircraft out of service in the next few months, you’ll need to make arrangements for a future installation date.
Start locating avionics shops and email or call them to get quotes now, or register at the Marketplace and let avionics shops find you! It’s a lot easier and less time-consuming. If you already have a quote from somewhere else, you can upload it and you and let our avionics shops try to beat it. Our program will not reveal the name of the avionics shop they are competing against, but they will have enough information to give you a fair deal.
We built the Equip ADS-B Marketplace to make it easy for you to get multiple quotes from FAA-certified avionics shops within your flying radius. You specify when you need an upgrade and how far you’re willing to fly for service – we’ll even try to match or beat any quote you obtained elsewhere.
Whether you go out and find avionics shops yourself or let the shops find you on the Equip ADS-B Marketplace, you don’t want to wait to reserve your place.
Schedule your ADS-B installation on the Equip ADS-B Marketplace today, and get all the benefits of purchasing an installation slot in advance, without any of the drawbacks.
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