With the FAA deadline just 15 weeks away, almost a quarter of the U.S.-registered business jet fleet and nearly half of the country’s turboprop fleet is not currently equipped with ADS-B, according to research released late last week by Duncan Aviation. The company’s report—which is based on data from its proprietary customer database, the FAA, and other industry sources—states that 5,400 business aircraft likely won't be compliant by the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline.
Duncan said 23 percent of the U.S.-registered business jet fleet, or 3,384 aircraft, still don’t comply. “At this rate, we anticipate that at least 1,660 business jets will not be in compliance when the calendar flips to January 1,” said Duncan Aviation satellite operations manager Matt Nelson.
Meanwhile, the report says 49 percent of the U.S. business turboprop fleet is not yet in compliance and that more than 3,800 of them will still need ADS-B upgrades at the beginning of next year.
“I encourage operators who are not in compliance to consider investing in the upgrade yet this year,” Nelson said. “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.” Duncan Aviation said it holds or has access to 42 STCs for FAA-approved ADS-B equipment for more than 100 business aircraft models.