AWB 23-1 Issue 1 - Aircraft radio station licence
AWB 23-1 Issue 1, 22 May 2001
Aircraft radio station licence
To all aircraft equipped with radio communication and radio navigation equipment.
Historically radio station licences have been issued upon application for the grant of or renewal by the Australian Communications Authority (ACA), as an annual or five yearly licence.
Radio equipment installed in an aircraft has to be licenced in accordance with the rules of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Until now, the aircraft owner was responsible to ensure that the aircraft had been issued with a radio licence for the equipment fitted. The licence was identified with the aircraft registration, the radio equipment, owners name, and had to be renewed.
The ACA has changed its policy and will from 1 July 2001 issue a class licence. The class licence will be issued as an enduring licence and will attract no fee. The class licence does not identify the owner/operator, aircraft registration details or equipment fitted.
Class licensing is an effective and efficient means of spectrum management for services where a limited set of common frequencies are employed, and equipment is operated under a common set of conditions. It also involves minimum licence administration by the ACA. A class licence sets out the conditions under which any person is permitted to operate; it is not issued to an individual user, and does not involve licence fees or licence conditions applied to individuals.
Class licences authorise users of designated segments of spectrum to operate on a shared basis. The licences are issued by the ACA by a notice published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette.
The class licence will be issued to cover the radio communication and radio navigation equipment normally installed and required by CAO 20.18. and the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
All aircraft operators should review their aircraft radio station licences requirements based on the following:
- radio communication and radio navigation equipment that is installed to meet the requirements of CAO 20.18 and the AIP :- download a copy of the "Radiocommunications (Aircraft Station) Class Licence 2001" from the ACA web site.
- for other non required radio equipment contact your local ACA office.
In accordance with Articles 29(e) and 30(a) of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago,1944) every aircraft engaged in international operation which is equipped with radio apparatus must carry on board a licence issued by the state of registry to authorise operation of that equipment.
ICAO have indicated that the issue of a class licence will be legally acceptable providing that a certified true copy is carried on board the aircraft. To meet these requirements the ACA is developing an internal procedures that will allow aircraft operators to obtain a certified true copy.
Certified copies of the class licence will only be obtainable (on request) through the ACA's Canberra Office [Manager, Customer Access Management Team, ACA, PO Box 78, Belconnen ACT 2616].
The advantage of the class licence is that there is no requirement to transfer the holders details and automatically is void when the aircraft ceases to be registered in Australia.
It costs nothing and you do not have to apply for it, if you require a copy of it just down load it from the ACA web site. 'Remember' the web site version is not a certified true copy.
It is the operators responsibility to ensure that all radio equipment installed as part of both required approved radio apparatus and non required equipment is appropriately licenced. Information on this may be obtained directly from the ACA local office.
- Those aircraft fitting Inmarsat satellite equipment will also be subject to the "Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 1998"
- Those aircraft with 121/243 MHz EPIRBs or 406 MHz Satellite Distress Beacons in the Aircraft's liferafts will be subject to the Radiocommunications Miscellaneous Devices Class Licence 1999.