The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has provided a fund to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to encourage the adoption of electronic conspicuity devices among small aircraft and drone pilots.
‘Electronic conspicuity’ is an umbrella term for the technology that can help pilots, unmanned aircraft users and air traffic services be more aware of what is operating in surrounding airspace.
“Airborne transponders, air traffic data displays, ground-based antennas and satellite surveillance services are all examples of EC,” the CAA writes on its website.
The fund will be distributed in the form of a rebate scheme, which will see the CAA give 50% discounts on devices costing up to £250.
Applications are open until 31 March 2021, or until the fund runs out, with the CAA estimating that there will be around 10,000 rebates available in total.
There are a number of requirements for a pilot to be able to apply.
These include that the fund is for carry-on or attached devices only – not for components that stay on the ground during flight – and that only equipment purchased from 1 October 2020 until 28 February 2021 will be eligible.
One of a number of UK-issued pilot’s licences must also be held by the applicant.
Applications can be made via an application form found on the CAA online portal.