ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) is a foundational NextGen technology that transforms aircraft surveillance with GPS-based precision. Aircraft owners should equip as soon as possible to capture the benefits of ADS-B and ensure they will continue to be able to fly in airspace described by the ADS-B rule when compliance with the rule is required by January 1, 2020.
In September 2016, the FAA began offering 20,000 rebates of $500 to owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft based on their purchase of avionics that have received an ADS-B Technical Standard Order authorization and meet ADS-B Out rule requirements. On May 13, 2019, the last of these rebates was reserved. However, you may still be able to reserve a rebate. Some rebates are returned or expire. Each week from now until October 2019, we will make these returned and expired rebates available. Check back here each Wednesday at 1 pm ET to see if any rebates have become available. These additional rebates are in short supply and we expect they will go quickly each week.
Find out if you are eligible for a rebate:
Eligible aircraft: U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft first registered before January 1, 2016. Rebate is also limited to new ADS-B installations completed after October 12, 2018.
Eligible equipment: ADS-B Out avionics that have received an ADS-B Technical Standard Order authorization and meet ADS-B Out rule requirements (software upgrades of existing equipment are not eligible). Rebates are not available for aircraft already equipped or for which the FAA has paid or committed to upgrade.
Proof of equipage: Rebate reservations can only be made within 90 days of installation. Within 60 days of installation, aircraft must be flown in "rule airspace" as defined in 14 CFR 91.225 for a minimum of 30 minutes with at least 10 aggregate minutes of maneuvering (AC 20-165B contains flight maneuver recommendations).
- Read the ADS-B Rebate Program Rules (PDF)
- View the Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement and Privacy Act Statement (PDF) for the collection of information under the ADS-B Rebate Program.
Rebate Flight Validation Requirements: The ADS-B rebate flight validation MUST be flown in the ADS-B mandated airspace defined in 14 CFR 91.225 (above 10kft MSL in Class E or within the boundaries of Class B and Class C airspace) for 30 minutes. This type of flight is essential to validate that the new avionics were installed properly and are FAA rule compliant.
ADS-B Rebate Program Steps
Select equipment for purchase; Ensure your aircraft registration information is up-to-date in the FAA Aircraft Registry; Discuss your plans with a certified installer to ensure it will work correctly. Once you schedule your appointment to install the TSO-certified avionics, you are ready to reserve your rebate.
When within 90 days of avionics installation, check back here on Wednesdays at 1pm ET and if any rebates remain, you can reserve your rebate and receive your Rebate Reservation Code. Check to see if any rebates are available to reserve now.
Install the TSO-certified ADS-B avionics on your eligible aircraft.
Fly per program rules within 60 days of installation to validate equipment performance; receive incentive code. The ADS-B rebate flight validation MUST be flown in the ADS-B mandated airspace defined in 14 CFR 91.225 (above 10kft MSL in Class E or within the boundaries of Class B and Class C airspace) for 30 minutes. Request flight validation.
Within 60 days of the installation date, use your Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code to claim your rebate.
- Step 2 Reserve Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
- Step 4 Fly & Validate Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
- Step 5 Claim Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is the FAA implementing this program?
- Who is eligible for the rebate?
- Why offer $500 per owner/entity?
- Read more Frequently Asked Questions
Need help? Email us at ADSBRebateHelp@faa.gov.