February 2018 Issue

Budget ADS-B: uAvionix, Garmin Lead

For mandate-compliant ADS-B under $3000 installed, the uAvionics skyBeacon and Garmin GDL82 make practical sense, but only with healthy transponders.

If you’re still holding out for a cheaper mandate-compliant ADS-B upgrade, the calendar is closing in on you. We’re hearing that the better avionics shops have sizable installation backlogs—some greater than six months—for even basic upgrades. Some are charging a premium for priority scheduling. We predicted this very scenario years ago, and suspect shop labor rates will increase, moving forward.

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