MRO facility Duncan Aviation has released a report warning that thousands of business aircraft risk missing the FAA’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) deadline.
According to the report, 23% of U.S.-registered business jets (some 3,384 aircraft) still have not been upgraded to include ADS-B technology, something the FAA is requiring of all operators by January 1, 2020.
“At this rate, we anticipate that at least 1,660 business jets will not be in compliance when the calendar flips to Jan. 1, 2020,” said Matt Nelson, Manager of Satellite Operations for Duncan Aviation.
The data are even more damning for turboprops, showing 49% of aircraft are not ADS-B-equipped and an estimated 3,800 still won’t be by the turn of the year.
“I encourage operators who are not in compliance to consider investing in the upgrade yet this year,” said Nelson. “Right now, we still have some availability at some of our satellite shops for ADS-B work and can turn aircraft in less than 10 days.”