The FAA just released news regarding the ADS-B requirement 1/1/2020 deadline below.
July 9, 2014 Statement by, Michael G. Whitaker, Deputy Administrator for FAA: “Let me be very clear. The 2020 deadline is not going to change. We are in a position to achieve this important milestone on time. The cost of equipment has come down considerably. There is sufficient maintenance capacity to allow all equipage to occur – in fact, waiting to equip might cost more if aircraft owners crowd repair stations to get the work done on the eve of the deadline.” For the complete article please go to: http://www.aea.net/wired/
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On July 23, 2014- “The FAA recently made it clear to Congress that the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline for ADS-B Out compliance is not going to change,” said Paula Derks, AEA president. “The avionics repair shops have less than six years to equip approximately 186,000 operational aircraft, which means the industry must upgrade more than 130 aircraft per workday between now and the deadline. Currently, the industry is barely upgrading 100 aircraft a month, or around five per workday. Obviously, there’s a lot of catching up to do.
“While the avionics repair shops have the capacity to meet demand at the present time, this will not be the case beyond 2016 unless the installation pace picks up dramatically. Aircraft owners who wait to equip will face scheduling pressure and higher installation costs as we get closer to the deadline.” For the complete article and more information please go to: http://www.aea.net/wired/.