8.33 radio farce
I am based at Bolt Head Airfield near Salcombe in Devon. On one of [ Pilot contributor] Colin Goodwin’s recent trips to Bolt Head I helped him out with a few tools to get his RV back and running, and suggested he shack up in our hangar next time he visits and the weather turns a bit rubbish.
I read with interest your article ‘8.33 Radio Update’. The whole saga is a sad farce and we poor souls who dare to fly around and talk to folk on the radio are getting hammered good and proper. I have a Luscombe 8A which has a panel mount Bendix King. Cost to replace is around £2,000 so effectively my aircraft will be devalued next January 2018 by £2,000 when, according to the last paragraph in your article, my 25khz Bendix King will be illegal. To replace like-for-like, I will be forced to spend between £1,500-2,000 and throw away my Bendix King, or maybe pawn it in the USA for a few dollars. I could buy a small handheld but feel very shabby about that as I still throw away a quality radio and devalue my aircraft by £2,000.
According to your article, Paul Farrell will most likely ground a large portion of the GA fleet in January 2018 because they cannot comply with the timeframe. That gives us a cheery 2018 to look forward to!
We’ve been urged to buy new radios that nobody can fit before the 2018 deadline. Oh, and you lucky customers can claim back 20% on a product you really should not need. Why? Because UK GA has been sold a pup! Sadly it’s a farcical nightmare… except I just woke up and it’s really happening! Chris Howell by email