IAOPA Europe pleads for 8.33MHZ dead­line ex­ten­sion

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IAOPA Europe is to ask EASA to ex­tend the dead­line for re-equip­ment with 8.33MHZ avion­ics by at least one or even bet­ter two years. The As­so­ci­a­tion is see­ing a bot­tle­neck in avail­abil­ity of avion­ics for retro­fit which will not al­low many air­craft own­ers to meet the fleet-wide dead­line of 31 De­cem­ber 2017. ‘This pro­lon­ga­tion is con­sid­ered largely harm­less for the fact that the fre­quency scarcity that was feared a few years ago has ma­te­ri­alised only in a weaker form which also makes it pos­si­ble to ex­tend the dead­line by one or two years,’ notes IAOPA. ‘At a re­cent Euro­con­trol meet­ing it was made clear that most of the Euro­pean Air Nav­i­ga­tion Ser­vice Providers will also not be able to meet the dead­line.’

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