As you look at the avionics panel in your aircraft do you understand why NextGen will cost you? If you fly an airplane then you are aware of the push by the FAA to introduce the NextGen ADS-B environment within the next 10 years.
A number of the alphabet general aviation organizations have expressed concern that the proposed final rule on NextGen airspace powered by the ADS-B system.
The FAA has estimated that the average fleet total cost to upgrade general aviation aircraft which operate below 18,000 feet to be nearly $ 2.9B, while the estimated benefits for general aviation to be about $ 200M. The problem is that this change to the National Airspace System will mainly benefit the airlines while providing little benefit for low-altitude airspace users. The FAA is considering a number of options to resolve the general aviation cost-benefit problem from implementing this system for low altitude traffic. AOPA recommended that the FAA work with key stakeholders to identify a strategy that either removes low-altitude airspace users from the proposal or greatly improves the benefits for them. With our economy in shambles and general aviation on the ropes, it hardly makes sense to continue to burden general aviation in general, and private aircraft owners in particular, with a financial burden to upgrade their aircraft or lose its utility. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!