ADS-B… How Long Will You Wait? The Data Does Not Lie


The year 2020 is rapidly approaching and the ADS-B mandate is not going away. All aircraft flying in controlled airspace will be required to be equipped with ADS-B Out equipment. As with every mandate, as time draws closer to the deadline, installation openings dry up and schedules become tighter. As we all know, fewer options usually equals higher costs in the end. ADS-B hardware prices seem to have leveled off for now and we do not see them decreasing in price anytime soon. There are only a limited number of places to get a properly certified ADS-B installation in relation to the number of aircraft needing ADS-B installation. There are certain factors in an ADS-B installation that an average A&P mechanic cannot and should not handle.


Recently Woodrow Bellamy III did a case study for Avionics Magazine showing how many aircraft have been equipped, are being equipped currently, and how many could be remaining by 2020. At the current rate which installations are being completed this case study predicts the following: There will still be 1,818 commercial aircraft still requiring ADS-B Out avionics upgrades to fly in the NAS and 59,150 GA aircraft that operators will need to equip upgrade for ADS-B Out. More info from this case study can be found at:


Time marches on as 2016 is already more than halfway over. Qualified avionics shops only have a finite amount of space in their hangars to take on the massive amount of aircraft that will need to be upgraded. Many incentives have been presented to aircraft owners from shops, OEMs, and even the FAA. The numbers don’t lie, read them for yourself. Wait more and you will pay more as 2020 draws closer day by day. We highly recommend contacting your local avionics shop to make sure you will be ready for the 2020 mandate.

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