Upgrading your aircraft radio to 8.33 kHz-compatible equipment

October 26th, 2020 Posted in News

The clock is ticking… are you ready?

If you haven’t already heard, by January 2018, all aircraft operating in airspace that requires the carriage of a radio must have 8.33 kHz-compatible equipment fitted and operational, and after 1st January 25kHz radios cannot be used unless specifically exempted for a particular channel such as the emergency frequency 121.5MHz.

The CAA is recommending planning your 8.33 VHF upgrade early to avoid being caught out by any last-minute rush limiting the availability of compatible radios and the capacity of installers.

We have a range of new 8.33kHz radios from leading manufacturers available, including TRIG, Garmin, Avidyne and Icom; additionally, we offer a full installation service from our workshops at Lee-on-the-Solent airfield. But with installations now being booked well into the middle of 2017, you are advised to book early if you need installation.

On the positive side, you may also be eligible for grant funding from the CAA to offset some of the cost of upgrading. See the eligibility criteria here: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1501_833ClaimCriteria.pdf