The last few hundred of the $500 Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate reservations offered to general aviation aircraft owners by the FAA are gone.

Since launching the program in September 2016, the FAA has offered 20,000 rebates to qualified applicants.

Should any of the reservations be returned, the agency will make them available each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on a first-come, first-served basis.

The FAA rebates were made available to encourage owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraftto equip with ADS-B Out avionics, which will be required in certain, controlled airspace by Jan. 1, 2020.

Aircraft owners need to follow five steps to receive the $500 rebate:

  1. Purchase the equipment and schedule its installation.
  2. Obtain a Rebate Reservation Code by reserving a position online.
  3. Have the equipment installed.
  4. Conduct the required equipment performance validation and get an Incentive Code.
  5. Claim the $500 rebate online using the Rebate Reservation Code and Incentive Code.

In addition to the ADS-B Rebate reservation portal, the FAA’s Equip ADS-B website lists FAA-certified ADS-B equipment and features an equipage database searchable by aircraft type and model.