8.33 Radio retro-fit funding opportunity

11-04-2017 13:32:14 - Funding possibilities

As part of the EC Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. Its transport component is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy. It aims at supporting investments in building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one.

In anticipation of the equipage dead-lines set up by the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1079/2012, within this context, in 2017, a significant amount of EU funds have become available with priority for General Aviation aircraft radio 8.33 kHz capability upgrade.

To access these funds and make them available to the General Aviation community, The Network Manager's 8.33 Project actively supported the establishment of a consortium, led by The International Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (IAOPA) Europe in collaboration with several European aero clubs and local organizations and the aviation consultancy company Helios.

 If the consortium's application is successful, a refund of at least 20% will ease the financial burden for all general aviation aircraft and aerodromes in no less than 19 countries with the expected upgrades needed are estimated at around 147 million Euro. The countries covered by this application are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

All GA aerodromes, aircraft owners, pilots and Aero Clubs of all aircraft registered within the participating countries are invited to find out more and pre-register at the following dedicated website:


An AOPA membership or any other specific association is not a requirement.  If the consortium's application is successful, the refunds will be available for upgrades of radio equipment performed after February 7, 2017 on a “first come, first served” basis.