Did you know that if your Pilatus flies in airspace that requires it to have a Mode C transponder then it must be ADS-B Out equipped by January 1, 2020?
If you’ve been putting off getting your ADS-B Out upgrade because you think the FAA will delay the mandatory compliance date… DON’T! The FAA has made it clear that the NextGen mandate compliance date will not change.
As of January 1, 2017, there is ample supply of ADS-B avionics and installation capacity. And equipment and installation costs are at their lowest. However, as the mandate approaches and the demand becomes high, the supply will be constrained and the shop time available to complete the installations will be low – resulting in higher costs. Delaying equipment upgrades may actually cost you more and limit when and where you can fly once the mandate becomes effective.
Only about 20,000 aircraft are equipped with ADS-B Out out of a fleet variously estimated to number about 160,000
That’s about 3,900 installs a month or more than 125 a day to meet the mandate’s deadline. And with each day that passes without these aircraft receiving their upgrades, that number just continues to climb. Based on this trend, there will be aircraft in need of equipment upgrades that won’t be able to get them by the deadline due to unavailable equipment, avionics shops at full capacity, or both.