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.
Up until now, this effort has been entirely left up to you
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.
A smarter, faster, & better approach to equipping with ADS-B
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.
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