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Going Direct: Why The FAA’s $500 ADS-B Rebate Plan Smells Like Fear

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With little fanfare the FAA announced earlier this week that it was going to give owners of airplanes in need of ADS-B gear a $500 incentive to equip. The plan has been widely praised by aviation organizations from AEA to the ZBAA, and those organizations are encouraging everyone to spring into action and be one of the first 20,000 to get the federal incentive. After all, they argue, you’re going to have to equip anyway, why not get $500 taken off your bill?

Going Direct: Why The FAA’s $500 ADS-B Rebate Plan Smells Like Fear
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That seems to make sense, but there are several elements to the story that nobody is talking about, if they’re even aware of them.

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