ADS-B vs YOUR CURRENT TRANSPONDER
There are way too many variables for a definitive discussion here. However we may assume the reason you are reading this has much to do with keeping your old transponder serviceable at least for now. One important fact is that your current transponder employs most of the same technology as the newer dedicated ADS-B transponders. ADS-B out adds GPS position broadcast, and little more. ADS-B IN adds weather and traffic however it is optional and not required by the 2020 mandate.
The goal of the FAA is to have all aircraft flying is U.S. airspace to have ADS-B OUT before the mandate date. With ADS-B, GPS based position data is "broadcast" from your aircraft. This is achieved in one of two ways:
1. You remove your old transponder and replace it with an ADS-B Modes A, C and S. Unit. This is the 1090ES solution.
2. You keep your current transponder while opting for an ADS-B out solution that allows you to keep your old transponder. This is the UAT option.
The first argument for keeping your current transponder is lower cost as the ADS-B add on is more affordable. Secondly consider future costs associated with service and repair. All new ADS-B transponder solutions must go back to the factory for repairs, often costing nearly the original wholesale purchase price (by some vendors). You should find out by asking your installation agency about average factory repair cost prior to committing. Lastly, your current Mode A/C transponder can be repaired inexpensively and quickly by repair stations across the country. We will remain committed to providing affordable flat rate repairs on existing Mode A/C equipment.
ADS-B SELF INSTALL OFFER
WE ARE NOW OFFERING A SELF INSTALL KIT FOR THE APPAREO ESG ADS-B TRANSPONDER. THE KIT INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO COMPLETE THE INSTALL:
* ESG TRANSPONDER WITH A CUSTOM BUILT
WIRING HARNESS, WAAS ANTENNA, RG400 COAX, RF CONNECTORS, MOUNTING TRAY &
HARDWARE AND A BNC CRIMP TOOL.
IF ANY ADDITIONAL ITEMS ARE NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE INSTALL WE WILL SHIP IT TO YOU AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. OTHER THAN YOUR A&P/IA FEES THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO BUY.
TOTAL PRICE IS $2825. THAT'S LESS THAN THE $2995 CATALOG PRICE WITHOUT THE WIRING HARNESS OR ADDITIONAL PARTS AND SERVICES WE PROVIDE
YOU WILL NEED AN A&P TO INSTALL AND AN IA TO INSPECT AND SIGN OFF THE THE WORK. THEY WILL NEED TO INSTALL THE WAAS GPS ANTENNA, RUN THE COAX, REMOVE THE OLD TRAY AND SOME WIRING, SPLICE 2 WIRES (POWER AND GROUND), SPLICE 9 ENCODER WIRES (ALL SPLICES MARKED AND ATTACHED), MOUNT THE NEW TRAY, CONNECT THE TRANSPONDER ANTENNA, SLIDE IN THE NEW TRANSPONDER, GROUND CHECK AND INSPECTION, ADS-B TEST FLIGHT AND CLAIM YOUR REBATE (IF QUALIFIED).
TO GET STARTED PLEASE TEXT OR EMAIL PHOTOS OF YOUR RADIO STACK AND EXTERIOR ABOVE THE COCKPIT FOR ANTENNA PLACEMENT ADVICE PLUS MAKE, MODEL AND N NUMBER
IF YOU NEED DETAILS PLEASE GIVE ROBERTA A CALL AT (850) 665-2130
WHO CAN PROVIDE MAINTENANCE ON A MODE A/C TRANSPONDER AND SYSTEM
Definition: A transponder is a box that contains all necessary internal circuitry and controls (if it is panel mounted). It can be removed from a rack or tray for maintenance or repair.
A transponder system may be defined as the parts that are permanently installed such as the rack or tray, wiring and connectors, circuit protection, antenna and the coax (transmission line) that supplies the antenna as well as the transponder itself. Interfacing items usually include an encoder (altitude reporter) and possibly a connection to an ADS-B, GPS, display, control head or other item.
PRIVATE PILOT: May conduct functional testing in accordance with the manufacturer's operational instructions. A private pilot may not provide maintenance on any part of the system (even preventative).
LICENSED MECHANIC: May remove the transponder for maintenance or inspect wiring, security and test wiring continuity.
CERTIFIED REPAIR STATION: May provide both of the above plus recertification and repairs if appropriately rated. Many CRS holders perform testing only.
MANUFACTURER OF TRANSPONDER: May provide repairs but not authorized to recertify.
THIS AGENCY: All of the above. However unless you can bring the aircraft to us you will need a licensed mechanic to perform maintenance on the system.