Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast rebate scheme round 2 coming soon

Pilots seeking to access the government subsidy for installing automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) equipment will soon be able to apply under a second round opening in July 2024.

The new round comes after the Australian Government announced in this year’s federal budget that it would provide $3.6 million in additional funding over 3 years from 2024-25 to extend and expand the program. This takes total funding available over the program term to $8.4 million.

Round 1 of the rebate was aimed at owners of Australian-registered visual flight rules (VFR) aircraft seeking to fit either integrated ADS-B OUT equipment or electronic conspicuity (EC) devices such as the SkyEcho II. Round 2 is expected to broaden eligibility to include gear that offers ADSB-OUT, ADSB-IN, or both. Owners of aircraft flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) will also be able to claim for ADSB-IN equipment.

Updated guidelines for the program will soon be available on the ADS-B rebate website

As in round 1, the rebate will cover 50% of the cost of buying and installing equipment, up to a maximum of $5,000 for each aircraft.

The scheme, which was originally launched in 2022 and was extended for 12 months due to equipment and engineer shortages, is designed to improve aviation safety.

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