In a recent podcast, Ric Peri, VP of Government Affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) said he believes “this industry, like any other business, will ramp up as the demand warrants.”
Higher demand may be good news for the avionics shops, but this “good news” does not reduce three significant risks that are ahead for aircraft owners.
The risk of waiting
- In the podcast, Mr. Peri discussed how human nature is likely to induce most pilots to wait until the last possible minute before scheduling their installation. Inevitably, there will be those who miss the installation deadline and will have to get caught up in following months – an arduous process. They risk a significant impact on efficient operations and will have to pay top-dollar for an expedited installation. The FAA insists the deadline is not moving and those without ADS-B will find access to prime airspace to be severely restricted.
The risk of not knowing
- Peri’s discussion primarily centers around the installation of ADS-B Out equipment, since that is what is specifically mandated. However, the uninformed aircraft owner can be led to believe that all they want to install is ADS-B Out, and may find themselves later wishing they had researched and purchased an ADS-B In solution too. The enhanced safety benefit and increased situational awareness delivered from ADS-B In is something that is immensely valuable to every pilot. After 2020, higher-end ADS-B In applications like flight deck interval management and electronic self-separation, significant operational benefits to save users time and money.
The risk of not being able to upgrade
- In addition to waiting until the last minute or making an uninformed decision is the risk of installing a dead-end system. One major problem with relying on yourself to navigate the process of purchasing your ADS-B equipment and getting it installed is that you may find yourself locked into a bare bones system that will not be upgradeable to ADS-B In or LPV in the future. Since specific guidance is hard to find for the average aircraft owner, you may end up making sub-optimal choices when it comes to choosing your ADS-B system.
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 mitigates risk
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.