AEA to award $1,000 toward an ADS-B upgrade to five aircraft owners at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

One daily winner to be announced via AEA social media outlets 

LEE'S SUMMIT, MISSOURI, July 14, 2015 -- To help incentivize owners of general aviation aircraft to meet the Federal Aviation Administration's ADS-B Out mandate, the Aircraft Electronics Association will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade during the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which takes place July 20-26. 

Win $1,000 toward your ADS-B Upgrade "The avionics repair shop industry in the U.S. has only 53 months remaining to equip the entire general aviation fleet of more than 100,000 aircraft with ADS-B Out equipment," said AEA President Paula Derks. "Aircraft owners who wait to equip will face scheduling pressure and higher installation costs as we get closer to the 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."  

Aircraft owners may enter to win one of the five $1,000 awards at the AEA's AirVenture booth (No. 2035/2036 in Hangar B at Wittman Regional Airport) beginning July 20. The AEA will announce one winner each day from July 21 through July 25 through its social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and from its AirVenture booth in Oshkosh.

Aircraft owners must be at least 18 years old to register to win. Each of the five winners must use an AEA-member avionics shop to complete the installation, and the installation must be scheduled by Aug. 1, 2016. One entry gives aircraft owners a chance to win each of the five daily drawings. 

Michael Bauer was one of five $1,000 winners twoard an ADS-B Upgrage at 2014 Airventure
Michael Bauer (right) was one of five $1,000 winners toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade at the 2014 AirVenture.
This will be the second consecutive year the AEA has made the award available to five aircraft owners. During the 2014 AirVenture event, hundreds of aircraft owners registered to win one of the prizes at the AEA's booth. The five winners in 2014 were: Michael Bauer of Appleton, Wisconsin; Bob Sevila of Leesburg, Virginia; Phil Cook of Byron Center, Michigan; Scott Huff of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Marcia Noell of Independence, Oregon.

Avionics News spotlighted one of the winners from last year (Bauer) in its July issue. To read the article, click here.




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Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 countries, including approved maintenance organizations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of aircraft electronics systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of aircraft electronics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.