8.33khz up­grade grants to­tal £2.65+ mil­lion

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The CAA has paid 6,000-plus GA pi­lots and pri­vate air­craft own­ers more than two mil­lion pounds in grants to­wards the pur­chase of 8.33khz­com­pat­i­ble ra­dios. Claimants were al­lowed to ap­ply for a twenty per cent grant on any pur­chase of an 8.33khz ra­dio, ei­ther fit­ted or hand­held. The CAA ap­plied for the fund­ing from the EU in 2016 and the EU’S In­no­va­tion and Net­works Ex­ec­u­tive Agency made €4.3m avail­able in sev­eral tranches.

Bob Lid­di­ard, the CAA’S Project Man­ager, said: “This has been a lot of hard work and we are very pleased with the out­come of this fund­ing scheme. We recog­nised the chal­lenges that many GA pi­lots and air­craft own­ers faced in hav­ing to up­grade their ex­ist­ing ra­dio equip­ment and the grants made avail­able by the EU as­sisted a high per­cent­age of our GA com­mu­nity.”

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