Eichhorn is adamant that pilots equip with both ADS-B Out and In.
"The ADS-B products enhance safety to the greatest degree I've seen since I started flying in the 1980s — not just the weather display you are given but the picture of traffic in the area — especially flying in and out of airports without radar. For those pilots who only have ADS-B Out and not In, they are really missing out."
If pilots are waiting to install ADS-B because they think that the cost will come down any lower, Eichhorn said that will probably not be the case.
"Flying a general aviation airplane comes with a cost. You can't put a price on safety," he said. "The cost of ADS-B is very reasonable for what you get. I personally would not wait. It's making the entire National Airspace System safer.
"Your situational awareness with ADS-B is so much better. Your flight will be more enjoyable. You are doing a huge disservice to yourself and your fellow pilots by waiting."
According to Eichhorn's contact at Park Rapids Avionics, which helped him with the ADS-B installation on his Bonanza, many customers initially grumbled that they had to comply with the ADS-B mandate. But once installations were completed, no customers returned and said that the installation was a waste of money. Quite the contrary: They quickly realized all the safety benefits ADS-B offers. Eichhorn added that repair stations have become quite proficient with ADS-B installations, which minimizes aircraft downtime.