General Aviation

Published on May 7th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


8.33kHz Radio Refund Project Update

In March this year the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) announced a refund scheme for General Aviation radio upgrades. After two months, over 11% of aircraft targeted have registered and many more continue to be registered each day. The joint consortium making the application, including the NMAI, estimate that 26,000 aircraft and aerodromes around Europe are eligible for the funding. The current value of aircraft registrations is now €11.8 million while aerodrome registrations stand at €900,000. It’s important that owners register as soon as possible in case any caps are placed on funding. In this case, funding will be first come first served.

In Ireland, we estimate that up to 550 aircraft radios are eligible for upgrade and the estimated amount to be spent is in the region of €1.73 million. If this application is successful, €345,000 will be refunded to the local GA community during the years 2017 and 2018. So far, 22 applications have been received from Irish registered aircraft. For details on how to apply, visit:

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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