The CAA has confirmed to FLYER that the authority is in the final stages of negotiating the European Union contract that will provide funding of €4.3 million towards the cost of the equipping the UK GA fleet with 8.33kHz compliant radios.
The grant will allow the CAA to reimburse up a maximum of 20% of each claim. Full details will be announced before the end of the year and the claim process will be in place as soon as possible after, said the CAA.
The exact criteria are being finalised, but the CAA has confirmed:
- The eligible period will be retrospective, starting from 16 February 2016. It will end on 31 December 2017
- The scheme will only be by way of reimbursement against receipt – so keep the receipt and make sure it is clearly identifiable
- Each claim will be a maximum 20% of the cost but there will be an upper threshold
- All aircraft in the UK GA fleet up to 13,999 kg (Tier 2) and on the UK register (= G-reg) are eligible
- Funding will be allocated on a first come, first served basis
- Both handheld and fixed installations will be included
- New fit radios included (ie, where the aircraft has not had a radio before)
- Combined nav/comm systems will be included
- All claims must be against approved equipment (LA3, TSO, ETSO).
Further updates will be announced through the CAA’s Skywise notification service and on the CAA website.