To help incentivize owners of general aviation aircraft meet the Federal Aviation Administration's ADS-B Out equipage mandate in the United States, the Aircraft Electronics Association randomly awarded five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade during the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh, July 23-29, in Wisconsin.
This year marks the fifth-consecutive year that the AEA has made the $1,000 award available to five aircraft owners, meaning that a total of $25,000 has been awarded during the last five years.
Hundreds of aircraft owners registered to win during the week at the AEA’s AirVenture booth in Hangar B at Wittman Regional Airport. Each of the five winners must use an AEA-member avionics repair station to complete the installation, and the installation must be scheduled by Aug. 1, 2019. The five winners were as follows:
- Michele Danoff of Edgewater, Maryland
- Sam Snow of Signal Mountain, Tennessee
- David Jackson of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
- Pierre Harvey of Bécancour, Quebec, Canada
- James Edmonstone of Hampshire, Illinois
"The repair shop industry in the U.S. has less than 17 months to equip the general aviation fleet of more than 100,000 aircraft with ADS-B Out avionics," said AEA President Paula Derks. "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 as quickly as possible, the AEA hopes to send a message to owners of general aviation aircraft that the time to act and upgrade is now."
|Michele Danoff of Edgewater, Maryland|
|Sam Snow of Signal Mountain, Tennessee|
|David Jackson of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin|
|James Edmonstone of Hampshire, Illinois|