ADSB in AND out for $2000 - it is possible
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Joined 12/22/2019 - 22 Posts
Answered By AOPA
Greetings folks - on the subject of acquiring ADSB for your certified aircraft...

Just to let you know...

You CAN equip your plane with ADSB in AND out for less than $2000!

I am on the low end of the ownership spectrum and simply could not afford more. My goal was to fully equip for less than $2000 and that is what I did...you can too.

-Obtained a uAvionix certified (TSO'd) TAILBEACON for $1790 which fit right into my tail-light on my 1977 Cessna 150M.

-Obtained a STRATUX ADSB-in for $175 through iFly.  Both added up to LESS than $2000 and I am totally compliant now.

Had the TAILBEACON been certified sooner, I would have also qualified for the $500 rebate, but it was too late. Still, getting equipped for less than $2000 is a pretty good deal overall.

Just putting this out there for those of you who are on the fence about compliance and have only considered other more expensive options. Before the TAILBEACON, the lowest quote I received was $5,000 installed - well above my price range.

I fly 100 hours a year in an area surrounded by MODE C veils from NY, Philly, Baltimore, DC and Pittsburgh, so I did not have much of an option. Additionally, I commute to DC by air from time to time into College Park, so this was a "must."

PIREP: Both devices are working fine with NO ISSUES. I was certified by the FAA on my first flight with the ADSB out and they pick me up each and every time - everything is working well. I simply switch on my tail light to turn ON the ADSB out and turn the light OFF when I am complete - that simple to operate.

The $2000 ADSB in and out solution is not a myth! 

Mike N714AJ





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Joined 01/30/2020 - 13 Posts
AOPA Staff Answer
Good job! Col. Mike,

We talk to quite a number of Cessna 150 owners who are looking at having to deal with mode-C veils, so this is a simple , neat, solution alright. Your pictures are good; do you use an i-Fly display or an i-pad for your ' in' display? 
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Joined 12/22/2019 - 22 Posts
Thanks for responding - I know AOPA is trying to keep some threads going and I hope it's no trouble for you to have to do so...

Yes, I have the iFly and the Stratux.  The Stratux was $175 and the iFly was $79, but I had that already.

Here is the STRATUX with a battery for power.


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Joined 12/22/2019 - 22 Posts
Growler, 

Here is the iFly and the ADSB switch.  The ON/OFF is the tail light. Pretty simple.





 
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Joined 12/22/2019 - 22 Posts
Growler, 

This is how I looked on my first flight with ADSB --  a buddy flew along and this is how I looked on his "fish finder" adsb in.



 
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Joined 12/22/2019 - 22 Posts
And this is what my wingman looked like on my ADSB...first time use.

We are both in the pattern to land at Capitol City Airport, PA.




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Joined 12/22/2019 - 22 Posts
Some other views you can get on the ADSB with AHRS and synthetic vision for less than $2000.






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Joined 12/22/2019 - 22 Posts
All checked out OK....time to go celebrate with a $100 Pizza Slice!