As FAA prepares for changes in the National Airspace via its NextGen long-term plan, general aviation aircraft operators will be forced to implement new equipment and avionics technology before the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has promised the administration will incentivize early adopters of new tech, starting with the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate, which went into effect on Sept. 19. ADS-B is a foundational NextGen technology that transforms aircraft surveillance using satellite-based positioning.
Via a website, general aviation aircraft owners are now able to apply for a $500 rebate to help offset ADS-B costs if they equip eligible aircraft in a timely manner rather than waiting to meet the mandatory deadline.
“NextGen has played an important role in ensuring our airspace is safe...and we are focused on achieving its full potential,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “This incentive program is an innovative solution that addresses stakeholder concerns about meeting the 2020 deadline and will make a huge difference.”