A shortage of aviation radio frequencies across Europe means that most existing frequencies are being split to reduce the gap between them, allowing the introduction of more frequencies. As a result owners of general aviation aircraft will need to ensure that any radios fitted can transmit and receive on both 8.33kHz and 25kHz by 1 January 2018. To ease the transition the CAA is working on a number of initiatives to:

  • Allow UK registered balloons and gliders to use certain handheld 8.33 kHz transceivers.
  • Apply for European Union funding to assist with the cost of radio equipage.
  • Apply for an exemption from the European Commission to retain a small number of dedicated 25 kHz frequencies for a limited period of time after the conversion deadline of 31 December 2017.
  • Removing the need for aircraft owners to pay a regulatory fee to change a panel mounted radio by seeking to have radio manufacturers arrange a minor modification approval.

As each of these initiatives progresses, information will be available at www.caa.co.uk/ga

For further press information, contact the CAA Press Office on 0207 453 6030 or press.office@caa.co.uk

Notes to Editors

The creation of a dedicated GA Unit within the CAA emerged from the Government's Red Tape Challenge in 2013, which explored ways to reduce the regulatory burden on the general aviation sector. The 25-strong Unit has been assembled from airworthiness, flight operations and licensing specialists from across the CAA. All have significant knowledge and experience of general aviation, with most being active private pilots. The Unit is based in the CAA's Aviation House facility in Gatwick.

The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy.