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.”