In early August, Duncan Aviation’s market research team ran numbers and found that although the FAA’s deadline for upgrading business aviation aircraft to Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a mere 16 months away, 52% of the aircraft in the industry have yet to comply. Despite the fact that the FAA has frequently reiterated that the deadline, Wednesday, January 1, 2020, is firm, roughly 14,000 business jets still need the mandated upgrades.
Duncan Aviation is pleased that many of its customers have upgraded to ADS-B and will be flying after the FAA’s mandate deadline. During the final 16 months, Duncan Aviation would also like to invite those customers who have not yet performed the necessary upgrades to schedule time while there’s still hangar space available.
“Please give us a call and let us help you put together a plan for you to get your aircraft into compliance,” says Manager of Satellite Operations Matt Nelson. “For the time being, we have some unique geographic and parts availability advantages that we can use to help operators get a plan in place. However, those windows are quickly closing.”
The business aviation industry is still predicting shortages of qualified technicians, hangar space, and equipment, and some of Duncan Aviation’s Satellite Avionics Shops are full through the rest of 2018 and into the first quarter of 2019.
If you haven’t yet upgraded but don’t want to be flying low or sitting on the ground on January 1, 2020, take a moment to schedule hangar space and time to upgrade to ADS-B. Duncan Aviation’s technicians around the country have performed hundreds of upgrades and can turn aircraft in 10 days or less.
Duncan Aviation has numerous certified paths to upgrade equipment to comply with the FAA’s ADS-B mandate, as it holds or has access to 42 STCs for dozens of aircraft models. Call the shop nearest you to schedule a time to upgrade your aircraft or fleet to ADS-B now (www.duncanaviation.aero/locations/#satellites).