The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed on 20 July that, subject to contract, EU funds will be made available to the Authority to help private pilots and aircraft owners move to 8.33 kHz radios. All aircraft registered in the EU need to be fitted with 8.33 kHz equipment by December 2017.

The CAA applied to the EU for €4.3m funding to encourage the timely transition of the UK GA fleet from existing 25 kHz radios to 8.33 kHz equipment. The Authority says this application was for the maximum permitted grant of twenty per cent of the estimated total cost of 8.33 kHz equipage.

“We will now be working closely with the UK GA member associations and representatives to distribute the funds to aircraft owners ,” says a CAA spokesman. More details on how that will work in practice will be released shortly.

Tony Rapson, Head of the GA Unit said: “We are delighted our application for radio funding was successful. This will go some way to easing the burden for aircraft owners converting to 8.33 kHz equipage in the UK and continues to demonstrate our commitment to get the best deal possible for the UK GA community.”

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