The rebate program is available until all are claimed or by October 11, 2019. Only those who have not equipped their aircraft with ADS-B Out are eligible.
There are five steps aircraft owners should follow to meet the mandate and receive their $500 rebate:
Last week, the FAA announced that it’s relaunching the $500 ADS-B Rebate Program effective immediately through October 11, 2019, or until the allocated funds are used. According to the FAA, they are making $4,900,000 available under the rebate program, which will fund 9,792 ADS-B Out installations.
Per the ADS-B mandate, as of January 1, 2020, aircraft flying in most controlled airspaces, and where a transponder is necessary, will be required to be equipped with compliant ADS-B Out technology.
The previous FAA rebate program that ran for a year from September 2016 to 2017, issued more than 10,000 rebate payments.
As before, there are five steps aircraft owners should follow to meet the mandate and receive the $500 rebate (visit our blog to learn more about the steps):
As with the earlier rebate program, the FAA states, the relaunched rebate program is available only to those who have not yet equipped their aircraft. Visit the FAA website to get the full list of rebate rules.
Stratus transponders (both certified and experimental) are eligible for the ADS-B rebate! Learn more about our options for ADS-B out and find a dealer to request a quote.
For more information about the relaunch of the ADS-B rebate program:
FAA: Press Release – FAA Relaunches ADS-B Out Rebate
AOPA: FAA Relaunches ADS-B Rebate
For U.S. aircraft owners seeking the simplest, most cost-efficient way to meet the basic requirements for ADS-B “Out” equipage, our GDL 82 datalink offers a money-saving solution. It’s a nonintrusive, easy-to-install datalink device that is designed to work with your existing Mode A/C transponder and transponder antenna, enabling you to meet ADS-B “Out” requirements with a minimum of cost, downtime and disruption to your panel.
Under the provisions for NextGen ATC implementation, all aircraft operating in controlled U.S. airspace will need to be equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) “Out” technology before end-of-year 2019. Systemwide, ADS-B is designed to enhance the safety of flight by making your aircraft visible in real time to ATC and to other ADS-B equipped aircraft operating in your vicinity. GDL 82 offers a smart, no-hassle, UAT-based solution that connects with your existing Mode A/C transponder/antenna cabling to provide the capability needed for operation below Class A airspace (18,000′) over the U.S. If you’ve been waiting and weighing your options in hopes of finding a value-priced way to keep your aircraft flying with compliant ADS-B, our GDL 82 datalink could well be the answer you’ve been looking for.
The precise GPS position information needed to meet the requirements of ADS-B can be provided either by the compatible WAAS navigation system that you may already have in your panel — or by GDL 82 using its built-in WAAS GPS receiver and the included GPS antenna. The GDL 82 datalink then broadcasts this information to the ADS-B ground station network for relay to ATC and other ADS-B “In” equipped aircraft in your area. Transmitting on the 978 MHz UAT frequency provided for lower-flying aircraft in U.S. airspace, your GDL 82 works seamlessly with ATC protocols. The ADS-B reports provide ground controllers with considerably faster updates than traditional radar. And by simultaneously broadcasting this information to ADS-B “In” display-equipped pilots, the technology enables them to see essentially the same traffic picture for their location that ATC is watching on the ground.
The NextGen rules require that your ADS-B “Out” source must be able to squawk the same code as your transponder. GDL 82 will automatically synchronize with your onboard Mode A/C transponder for its squawk code and pressure altitude data and then transmit that data through its own datalink. Not only does this provide a single point of data entry for ADS-B “Out,” but it also allows you to meet the new regulations without the need for expensive control system or transponder upgrades. GDL 82 works in the background to make code entry fast and easy — while it’s helping to make your path to ADS-B compliance as simple, straightforward and cost-effective as it can possibly be.
There are private pilots. And then there are extra-private pilots who want to keep their identities off the traffic screens of other ADS-B “In” equipped aircraft (containing business competitors, perhaps?). GDL 82 and its UAT technology can allow for this extra measure of identity security with “Anonymous mode.” Most conventional ADS-B devices are designed to transmit your aircraft’s ICAO number — a discrete “hex code” assigned by FAA as part of your aircraft’s certificate of registration. If you’re flying VFR, however, you can have GDL 82 set to mask your aircraft’s ID from being transmitted to other receivers whenever your transponder’s squawk code is set to 1200. ATC can still track you with ADS-B precision. But your GDL 82 simply won’t transmit your aircraft’s N-number to other pilots in the airspace.
With more fielded ADS-B solutions than any other brand in the industry, Garmin leads the way in the development and deployment of value-enhanced ADS-B technology. Today, as the 2020 deadline approaches for equipage in the U.S., many new faces, companies and products have appeared in the ADS-B marketplace, offering solutions that sometimes sound too good to be true. By going with Garmin, you can eliminate the uncertainty of banking on an unproven technology or an unfamiliar brand. GDL 82 is ready for installation in hundreds of today’s most popular aircraft makes and models using an FAA-approved STC and an FAA Memorandum addressing ADS-B “Out” installations. Better yet, your GDL 82 datalink will be backed by a comprehensive 2-year warranty — and by the industry’s No. 1-ranked product support team. For the right solution at the right price, there will never be a better time than right now to equip with Garmin ADS-B.
FARGO, North Dakota (July 19, 2018) — Appareo released a new addition to its Stratus family of pilot-friendly affordable avionics this week. Stratus 3 is the latest model in the line of industry-leading ADS-B receivers first introduced in 2012. The company will exhibit Stratus 3 as part of its full line of Stratus products next week at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 fly-in and expo.
Stratus 3 is the fourth generation of a receiver that has proven to be the ultimate accessory for pilots who use flight apps — offering subscription-free weather, dual band ADS-B traffic, built-in AHRS, WAAS GPS, a flight data recorder, and the patented weather replay feature that allows pilots to turn off the screen on their tablet without missing important weather information.
The company is announcing Stratus 3 with an introductory price of $699, and including an industry-leading 2-year warranty to reinforce its commitment to designing and manufacturing the most reliable portable receiver on the market.
“With Stratus 3, we set out to add more features without increasing the price,” says Appareo Aviation President Kris Garberg. “We also wanted to respond to the trend of openness in the industry. With the Open ADS-B Mode in Stratus 3, we are affirming our commitment to offering a no-compromise ADS-B portable receiver to more pilots than ever, without sacrificing performance.”
Since the first Stratus receiver was introduced, one of the hallmarks of the product has been the close integration with ForeFlight Mobile. Engineers at Appareo and ForeFlight have collaborated on the development of each Stratus receiver, with the intention of delivering an ADS-B solution that is seamlessly integrated for optimal performance and ease of use. With Stratus 3, Appareo continues working closely with ForeFlight to maintain the high performance standards that pilots have come to expect. However, something unique to Stratus 3 is that it’s equipped with Open ADS-B Mode, enabling it work with any electronic flight bag (EFB) app using GDL 90 protocol. The company has begun integration testing with some of the most well-known apps, including WingX, FltPlan Go, FlyQ, and iFly GPS.
This is what the EFB developers have to say regarding Appareo’s decision to open Stratus 3:
Dr. Hilton Goldstein, CEO of Hilton Software:
Sarah Wilson, Principal of FltPlan:
John Rutter, President of Seattle Avionics Software:
In addition to now working with many well-known flight apps, Stratus 3 also delivers new features of Auto Shut Off and Smart WiFi. With Auto Shut Off, Stratus will power down if it’s moving at less than 5 knots or has less than a 3D GPS lock, ultimately saving battery life when someone forgets to shut it off. With Smart WiFi, Stratus 3 allows pilots to use 3G/4G LTE internet on an iPad/iPhone while connected to Stratus 3. This means pilots no longer have to “forget this network” every time they want to connect to cellular service while also connected to Stratus 3.
Stratus 3 is enabled to receive the new ADS-B weather products that are coming soon from the FAA, which will include echo tops, lightning, icing forecast, turbulence forecast, Center Weather Advisories, and G-AIRMETs. Previous models of Stratus receivers will also be able to receive the new FIS-B products.
Appareo is offering a trade-in program to Stratus 2S customers who are interested in upgrading to Stratus 3. Details can be found on the company’s website.
Stratus 3 is now shipping. For more information, visit www.appareo.com/stratus.
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Appareo is a recognized leader in the custom design, development and manufacture of innovative electronic and software solutions for aerospace and agriculture. Through the creative application of cutting-edge technologies, Appareo creates complex end-to-end solutions that include both mobile and cloud-based components. The company is privately held, with world headquarters located in Fargo, N.D., and design offices in Tempe, Ariz. and Paris, France. All Stratus products are designed, developed, built and supported in the USA. The company currently has a network of 540 dealers and was voted 2017 AEA Association Member of the Year.