As previously reported, to overcome aviation radio frequency congestion across Europe, more channels are needed. By moving to 8.33 kHz channel spacing, three times the number of channels can be created within the VHF band.
On 1 January 2018 the law changes and all aircraft operating in airspace that requires the carriage of a radio must have 8.33 kHz-compatible equipment fitted and operational. The CAA and associations including the BGA have identified a small number of common frequencies that may qualify for a temporary exemption from the 8.33 kHz implementation.
The CAA are maintaining an informative 8.33 kHz radio webpage – you can view the webpage here.
The CAA and organisations including BGA are working together to establish arrangements for disbursing EU grant funding. You can read more about the funding on the CAA’s 8.33 kHz radio webpage. The CAA advise that arrangements for claims will be in place by end 2016. All claims will be based on criteria to be announced by the end of 2016. Meanwhile, we recommend that owners who are equipping with 8.33 radios, including eligible hand held radios, hold onto their invoices.