|GA and unmanned aircraft communities set to benefit from fund to subsidise electronic conspicuity devices|
Rebates of up to £250 for new Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices are now available thanks to funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) aimed at encouraging more adoption of EC within the UK’s General Aviation (GA) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) communities.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will distribute the funds via a rebate scheme which is open to applications for devices purchased before 28 February 2021 (or until the funding is used). Those meeting the requirements can claim a 50% rebate of the purchase cost of an EC device to a maximum of £250 (including VAT) per applicant.
Rob Bishton, CAA Group Director of Safety and Airspace Regulation, said: “‘See and avoid’ remains the fundamental means of collision avoidance in Class G airspace. Electronic conspicuity devices, used with an understanding of their benefits and limitations, can play an important role in improving situational awareness and reducing the risk of mid-air collisions in Class G airspace and airspace infringements. Looking to the future, interoperable EC systems will also have a role to play in the on-going modernisation of the UK’s airspace structure; and enabling the safe and efficient integration of UAS operations with other airspace users.”
Full details on those eligible to apply, EC devices and how to claim a rebate are available on the CAA website at www.caa.co.uk/ec