The UK CAA is granting rebates of up to £250 of the purchase cost of 'EC devices' (certain flight instruments) to those who meet the requirements of their EC rebate scheme—until the funding is used up, the maximum number of rebates granted, or the closing date is reached, whichever comes first.
UK CAA EC rebate scheme
To encourage the adoption of Electronic Conspicuity (EC) within the UK’s General Aviation (GA) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) communities, the UK's Department for Transport (DfT) launched an EC funding scheme in October 2020. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is charged with distributing these funds via a rebate scheme. Full details on the CAA website here. Abridged, freeflight specific version below.
Current UK residents meeting the requirements of the scheme can claim a 50% rebate of the purchase cost of an EC device purchased between 1st October 2020 and 31 March 2022 to a maximum of £250.00 (including VAT), per applicant. The scheme will remain open to applications until the funding is used, the maximum number of rebates granted, or the closing date of 31 March 2022 is reached, whichever comes first.
Am I eligible for the rebate?
For freeflight¹ pilots, current UK resident who are current BHPA members holding a current Club Pilot (CP) rating or above are eligible to apply for the rebate.
Which freeflight devices are eligible?
Devices that transmit FLARM (an acronym based on 'flight alarm') are included in the scheme. This means that freeflight instruments which feature FANET+ qualify.
From the devices we currently offer, we know the following meet the requirements of the CAA EC rebate scheme as our customers have already successfully claimed their rebate for them.
For paragliding and paramotoring:
For hang gliding:
In case this changes and we don't manage to update this page, see all instruments we offer featuring FANET+ (and so qualifying for the rebate).
How to apply
- First purchase the eligible EC device. We'll send you a receipt as proof of purchase.
- Next login or register for an account on the CAA online customer portal (one-off process).
- When the CAA have verified the checks an 'account approval' email should follow. This takes about a week.
- Now you can complete the rebate form online.
- Log into your account on the CAA online customer portal.
- Under the 'Your Services' section fill out the EC rebate online application form².
Assuming you meet the eligibility criteria and your application is successful, you can expect a payment to your bank account after 30 working days. Happy days!
Please note: the current turnaround time for receiving your Electronic Conspicuity Rebate (including Portal registration) is up to 30 working days. To help the CAA process the large number of applications they kindly ask that once you have successfully completed the application form you do not contact the team to chase your application until the 30 days is up.
For all enquiries please contact the CAA EC rebate team directly on [email protected]
For full details on the UK CAA EC rebate scheme see the CAA website.
¹ Freeflight: paragliding, hang gliding, speed flying and paramotoring
² You will be asked to supply details (bank details and your BHPA membership number and rating) and evidence of your purchase (a scan of the EC device receipt).