- Maybe it's the common belief that the FAA will extend the mandate deadline. The FAA says no way.
- Maybe owners are thinking the equipage price will go down? Doubtful, especially if the backlog remains so strong.
- Maybe they think the FAA will increase the current $500 ADS-B rebate. Again, that's highly unlikely. In fact, some industry insiders think the rebate may go away. It was created as an incentive to attract early ADS-B adopters. Waiting until 2018 is no longer early.
- Or maybe, some owners are looking to the avionics manufacturers to come up with lower-cost solutions. Chances are that's not going to happen. With the development times required to produce any new equipment there just aren't enough days left for the OEM's to get anything like that produced and STC'd before the deadline.