Hope they don’t introduce this to Bush Flying! If they do I hope they add a component so I can see where the fist are!
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:49 PMTo: Avionics - CertificatedSubject: re: ADS-B OUT, Should I Buy Now? <<$124856059011$>>
I am against the whole ADS-B requirement thing, at least in other than class A or B airspace. I am putting off doing anything about it, hoping that either 1) the whole thing wil go away (remember the 406 elt mandate?), which is probably umlikely, or 2) at the least, as more mfr's develop ADS-B units the prices will come down. In any event, I plan on installing the minimum equipment required, which would be ADS-B out only.
By Elaine Kauh
FreeFlight Systems will offer an ADS-B-Out system with a price tag of under $2,000. The company will officially launch its Equip-It 2020 packages on April 8, the opening day of this year’s Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Dallas. Equip-It 2020 will include FreeFlight’s RANGR Lite in two options, ADS-B Out, which will meet the 2020 equipment requirement, and ADS-B In/Out, which will have the added weather and traffic capabilities. The ADS-B Out-only option includes the FDL-978-TXL with a list price of $1,995. The ADS-B In/Out system, the FDL-978- XVRL, will sell for $3,695. Both systems come complete with built-in WAAS/GPS, ADS-B and GPS antennas, an install kit, control head and/or a Wi-Fi module if needed.
“Many of our customers, especially those with older aircraft, told us that they need a low cost option for equipage to meet the Jan.1, 2020 deadline for ADS-B,” said Tim Taylor, president and CEO of FreeFlight. “We needed to find a way to accomplish that without compromising the quality of the system. Volume was the way to make that happen, and we are stepping up.” To that end, the company said it’s committed to build 10,000 systems in an effort to keep the cost down for buyers and is offering them through participating dealers, which will be announced April 8. Deliveries are expected to begin late in the second quarter of this year, FreeFlight said.
We are doing it now for the following reasons (although they may not be relevant, but it is our gamble):
So, the mandate isn't until 2020. Why should I buy now (assuming I'm upgrading my panel) when the likelihood exists that either the mandate will change or the product offerings will. I really don't want to invest in something now that will be 5 years old when its required.