Cut the cost of new kit
Thinking of fitting an electronic conspicuity device? There’s funding available to help out
some 6,000 pilots took up the offer. With the move to encourage GA pilots to adopt electronic conspicuity a similar funding system has now been set up with funding from the Department for Transport. The scheme, which will also include some drone users, opened on October 5, 2020 and will run until March 31, 2021 (or earlier once the funding is used up). Anyone meeting the requirements will be able to claim a 50 percent rebate of the purchase cost of an EC device (including VAT) to a maximum of £250 per applicant. It’s expected that up to 10,000 rebates will be available.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY? ∙
ou’ll recall that during the change to 8.33kHz radios back in 2018 the CAA paid up to 20 percent of the cost of new equipment and
∙ Only equipment purchased from 1st October 2020 until 28 February 2021 will be eligible for rebate.
∙ You must produce a proof of purchase receipt.
∙ You must hold at least one of the following UK issued pilot licences (UK or EASA part FCL):
∙ Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL)
∙ Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) ∙ National PPL (NPPL) ∙ ∙ ∙
Sailplane Pilot’s Licence (SPL) Balloon Pilot’s Licence (BPL)
Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL)
Or be a registered member of either the British Hand Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) or the British Gliding Association (BGA).
Funding is for carry-on or aircraft- fitted devices only. Ground system components do not qualify for this scheme.
∙ Applicants can claim a single rebate of 50% - up to £250 - on EC equipment purchased.
Alternatively, if you are UAS/UAV operator then you must hold an authorisation issued specifically to them by the CAA (i.e. a permission, exemption or ‘operational authorisation’).
Note: General Exemptions, permissions or authorisations which are aimed at a wider and no specific group of operators are not included.
There is a range of EC solutions on the market that manufacturers and the communities have developed for their own needs and using these technologies provides several benefits to the airspace user, however purchasers need to understand the limitations of such sub-systems and which other users / systems they can interact with.
The main equipment able to be used on an aircraft for EC purposes currently available (and that a refund can be claimed against) includes:
∙ ADS-B Out capable transponder inclusive of GNSS position source (Mode S ES Enabled).
∙ ADS-B Out capable transponder without GNSS position source (Mode S ES)
∙ Certified GNSS source for Mode S ES transponders (Including a GNSS position sources in line with the recently published AIC2019Y141, an example being Trig TN72)
∙ FLARM ∙ Power FLARM ∙ ∙
Pilot Aware Rosetta Sky Echo 2
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