In our article “The DIY Approach to Getting ADS-B Equipment Installed,” we discussed the general process of what an aircraft owner will need to do to handle their ADS-B equipment purchase and installation on their own. The initial research, choice of the particular model and solution, the location and prospecting of various avionics repair stations were all addressed in detail. Today, we’re going to examine some of the disadvantages of the DIY approach to ADS-B installation. For most owners, no matter what kind of aircraft they need to equip, there are three main disadvantages to this method that they all share to one degree or another:
- Extremely Time Consuming – Owners will quickly find that the process of researching different ADS-B solutions, contacting multiple shops for quotes, and trying to coordinate the installation is a highly time-consuming process. Everyone’s time is valuable; by relying on trusted informational resources such as the Equip ADS-B Marketplace, and the expertise of the reliable avionics shops registered there, you can easily shave a significant amount of time and hassle off your search.
- Finding an Approved Solution – Another challenge can be locating an avionics repair station that actually has an approved ADS-B solution that matches the aircraft you’re trying to outfit. You’re probably familiar with the shops in your general area, but if you live in less populated parts of the country or fly a rare model of aircraft, you may be searching for an avionics shop 500+ miles or more away from your home hangar to find the right solution for your needs.
- Inability to Locate the Best Value – Perhaps the most difficult challenge of all for those taking the DIY approach to ADS-B installation is trying to ensure they are getting the best deal on the equipment and installation. Do you only have the time and patience to get quotes from five avionics repair stations? Better hope one of them not only has your solution but also is offering it at a competitive and fair price before demand exceeds their available shop space.
As you can see, there are definitely some significant drawbacks to taking this approach. Thankfully, usage of the Equip ADS-B Marketplace mitigates all these disadvantages; it was specifically designed to address all of the issues aircraft owners face in the pursuit of their purchase and installation of ADS-B equipment. It will save you a significant amount of time during the research process, enable avionics shops with approved solutions for their aircraft to locate and reach out to them, and ensure they are paying the lowest price possible due to their innovative public bidding process. To register for the Marketplace, either as an aircraft owner or avionics repair station, click here.
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