March 6th/2017: 8.33kHz - Refunds for GA radio upgrades
A consortium led by IAOPA Europe and aviation consultants Helios has applied for EU funds to offset the costs of upgrading equipment to meet new rules on 8.33kHz channel spacing - and they are calling on General Aviation (GA) users and aerodromes to pre-register now to obtain refunds where applicable.
IAOPA Europe has, in collaboration with Helios, led the establishment of a consortium of the wider GA community in Europe to apply for European funding to support the retrofits of 8.33kHz equipment covering:
- All radios operating in the 117.975-137MHz band (the VHF band) - both airborne and ground based;
- Flight data processing systems serving air traffic control units providing services to general air traffic;
- Flights operating as general air traffic, within the airspace of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) EUR region where Member States are responsible for the provision of air traffic services.
If the consortium's application is successful, a refund of 20% or 85% will be available to all claims within European non-Cohesion and Cohesion States respectively for all installations completed between 8 February 2017 and 31 December 2018.
The countries covered are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.
IAOPA urges all eligble aircraft owners to sign up for the partial reimbursement right away, as there are a limited number of applications available.
Read more about the project and apply here: http://833.iaopa.eu/index.php/en/