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ADS-B Rebates Going, Going, Gone

WASHINGTON The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that all 20,000 rebates offered to general aviation aircraft owners to equip their aircraft with a new surveillance technology have been issued and are no longer available.

Aircraft owners who have already reserved their rebate, but not claimed it yet with installation, will be allotted the specified time needed to complete the requirements for the rebate.

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out avionics will be required for aircraft flying in certain, controlled airspace. ADS-B is the state-of-the-art surveillance system that enables air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability.

The FAA first launched the $500 ADS-B rebate program in September 2016 to encourage owners of fixed-wing, single engine piston aircraft to equip in advance of the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline and take advantage of the many benefits ADS-B offers. The FAA has reiterated that the deadline will not change.

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Feature focus: Garmin Pilot’s emergency mode

Most of the major electronic flight bag apps long ago reach parity on key features: they all have detailed moving maps, pre-flight weather forecasts, altitude-specific terrain alerts, powerful flight planning tools, and much more. There are certainly important differences in how these features are implemented, but there haven’t been many truly new app features over the last year. One exception is Garmin Pilot’s Emergency Mode – it’s simple, but thoughtfully designed and very useful. Here’s how to use it.

How it works

In an emergency (engine failure, instrument failure, passenger medical issue), time is of the essence, so Emergency Mode is focused on decluttering and simplifying. To enter this mode, simply tap EMER from any page – it’s at the top right of every page.

If you have checklists configured for any of your saved aircraft, the app will automatically go to the split-view, with the map on one side of the screen and emergency checklists on the other. The Map page will darken, making it easy to visual identify nearby airports. Across the top of the screen, you’ll also see a list of nearby airports, sorted by distance from your airplane. If you have glide range configured, you’ll also see a real-item glide range ring around your location, showing which airports might be within gliding distance. With one tap, you have instant situational awareness.

After reviewing the big picture, you can then drill down on specific airports to evaluate which one is best. Tap on an airport button or location on the map and Garmin Pilot will zoom in on it, as well as show the course and distance.

You can tap on the airport again to review essential airport information, including runways, frequencies and weather.

After reviewing all the airport information, it’s time to head for an airport. From the airport drop-down menu, tap the D button to go from your present position directly to that airport.

You can even tap on an instrument procedure to overlay the chart on the map – a huge time-saver if you’re in IMC and need to shoot an approach. All this takes just three or four taps, so in seconds you can be headed to a nearby airport with the approach plate loaded.

Setup options

There isn’t much configuration to do with this feature – by default the feature is on. However, there are four settings to verify if you want to get the most utility out of Emergency Mode.

First, go to Settings -> General and specify your runway preferences. If you’re in a Cub, you can probably leave Runway Surface Type on “Any” and Minimum Runway Length at 0; in a Citation you may want to specify hard surface and 3000 feet.

Second, go to the bottom of the General page in Settings and consider whether you want to hide the EMER button when you’re not in the air. We like to leave this option selected off, but if you’d rather turn it off for preflight planning, slide the button right.

Then, go to the Aircraft page in Settings and make sure you have glide performance specified for each of the airplanes you fly. Tap on each airplane, then check the Glide settings under the Aircraft tab.

Finally, verify you have a checklist associated with the aircraft stored in your Garmin Pilot Profile. From the Aircraft section of the Settings section of the app, select the aircraft N#, the Checklist tab and then the option to “Import from Aircraft”. Garmin includes manufacturer checklist data for most GA aircraft, so it only takes a few taps to import and save this data to your aircraft profile.

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