Aircraft Electronics Assn. (AEA) plans to hand out monetary awards to five aircraft owners, chosen at random. The awards, AEA said, are to go toward equipping aircraft with ADS-B technology. They are worth $1,000 each.
"The repair shop industry in the U.S. has less than 2.5 years to equip the general aviation fleet of more than 100,000 aircraft with ADS-B Out avionics," said Paula Derks, AEA president. "Aircraft owners who wait to equip will face scheduling pressure and likely higher installation costs as we get closer to the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline. By awarding $1,000 to five different aircraft owners to help them become compliant sooner rather than later, the AEA hopes to send a message to owners of general aviation aircraft that the time to act and upgrade is now."
This is the fourth consecutive year, AEA said, that the association has made these awards available. Awards will be given during the Experimental Aircraft Assn.’s AirVenture Oshkosh at the end of July. Starting July 24, aircraft owners can enter to be one of the five recipients in Hangar B at Wittman Regional Airport, booth 2035/2036.