At the Equip ADS-B Marketplace, we have been urging aircraft owners to purchase and install their ADS-B equipment sooner rather than later from our inception. Basically, a large proportion of both commercial and private aircraft owners have yet to begin complying with the ADS-B mandate, despite having less than 36 months to do so at this point.
AINOnline’s Matt Thurber discusses the issue in detail in one of his recent columns, which can be found here. He repeatedly points out how all the other stakeholders in the equation – manufacturers, suppliers, installers, inspectors, and others – are ready and waiting to go, but that the owners and operators are still lagging behind. While the general aviation community has moved up to an average of 1,500 installs per month, they need to actually be at 3,500 per month if everyone plans on being equipped in time to comply with the mandate.
Once they do decide to act en masse, the unfolding scenario will likely not be pretty. There will be high demand for ADS-B service, limited space available due to the realities of approved solution distribution and demographics, and as a result, the average owner will likely find themselves in a position where they will be forced to overspend on ADS-B equipment, under equip themselves, or both.
In the article, the manager of business at development at Universal Avionics is quoted as saying “There is no way corporate operators will be able to get it done,” in reference to the potential likelihood of the approximately 19,000 business aircraft that still need ADS-B Out installed by Jan. 1, 2020 in order to continue flying. The scenario for general aviation aircraft is equally grim.
The problem is compounded by the fact that the FAA has repeatedly refused even to consider extending the deadline for installation. According to industry experts, the FAA is doing everything it possibly can to help out, but they will not budge on that particular issue. This makes sense, given that considerable effort has been expended worldwide to bring much of the rest of international airspace into alignment with the FAA-set deadline.
On top of everything else, according to the most recent figures released by the FAA, approximately 5,165 out of the 27,304 total aircraft which have already completed their ADS-B installations are currently classified as having “non-performing emitters”. In other words, due to errors in installation, equipment problems, or pilot error, their ADS-B systems are not functioning as designed and require additional attention.
All of these factors taken together prophesy an unfortunate next few years for aircraft owners who do not quickly resolve their compliance with the ADS-B mandate. The sooner, any individual owner or operator does the necessary research to select the right ADS-B equipment for their operational needs – locates a shop in possession of the appropriate approved solution, and has the equipment installed – the less vulnerable they will be as the market heats up.
Thankfully, the Equip ADS-B Marketplace can help aircraft owners avoid the worst of the upcoming market trends. It is the only platform in existence where the sellers and installers of ADS-B equipment do not possess overwhelming market advantages over the owners. It will help you navigate the entire process of researching, purchasing, and installing your ADS-B system quickly, and end up saving you money along the way. Best of all, it’s always 100% free for aircraft owners to use, so sign up and create your account at the Marketplace today.
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