Buyers of an Electronic Conspicuity (EC) device have until 31 March 2023 to get back 50% of their purchase cost

The scheme to refund 50% of the cost of purchase of an Electronic Conspicuity device has been extended once again. Prospective buyers now have until 31 March 2023 to invest in an EC unit. Launched in October 2020 by the Department for Transport (DfT), the scheme is open to the UK’s General Aviation (GA) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) communities.

The CAA handles the rebate scheme via its website and says it will remain open to applications until 31 March 2023 or until the funding is used. Those meeting the requirements can claim a 50% rebate of the purchase of an EC device to a maximum of £250 (including VAT), per applicant. Note that the funding is for carry-on or aircraft-fitted devices only. Ground system components do not qualify for this scheme. Organisations and charities can claim for multiple devices on the same rebate terms.

While it is possible to claim for equipment purchased up to 31 March 2023, in the eventuality that all the funding allocated (3,500 rebates) is used before that date, an earlier closing date will apply.

In order to qualify, an applicant must produce a proof of purchase receipt, hold at least a UK issued pilot licence (UK or EASA part FCL), or be a current registered member of the British Gliding Association (BGA) or the Association of Paragliding Pilots and Instructors (APPI) and a UK resident.

UAS/UAV operators applying must hold an authorisation issued specifically to them by the CAA (ie a permission, exemption or ‘operational authorisation’). General exemptions, permissions or authorisations which are aimed at a wider and non-specific group of operators are not included.

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