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Information for Certified Air/Ground Radio Operators
Information for Applicants
To perform the functions of a CA/GRO the operator must hold:
- a CA/GRO certificate issued by CASA
- if you do not also have a CASA-issued pilot’s licence, an Air Radio Operators Certificate (AROC) issued by CASA
- to pass weather information that is useable for the planning, conduct and control of flights:
- an Aerodrome Weather Observer (AWO) certificate, Class A or B and
- a CASA instrument of approval under sub-regulation 120 (1) of Civil Aviation Regulations 1988.
You are encouraged to read the Manual of Standards Part 139 - Aerodromes Section 14.2 and Advisory Circular AC 139-27 v1.0 Guidelines for Air/Ground Radio Services.
Applying for a CA/GRO Certificate
To apply for an Australian CA/GRO certificate, you must hold or have held within the last ten years, an ICAO recognised Air Traffic Controller or an Australian Flight Service Officer Licence.
Holding such a licence, or having possessed a medical certificate under that licence, should mean you will already have an Aviation Reference Number (ARN), please quote this in correspondence.
For the CA/GRO certificate, you will need to complete Air/Ground radio operator certificate application form 715 (pdf 589.15 KB) and email or post the completed documents to the Client Services Centre.
Applying for an Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC)
If you do not also hold an Australian Pilot’s Licence (of any class) you are required to hold an Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC).
Gaining a Bureau of Meteorology Aerodrome Weather Observer (AWO) certificate, Class A or B
CASA will only issue a CAR 120 approval to pass weather information that is useable for the planning, conduct and control of flights to a person who holds an AWO certificate, Class A or B issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Information about obtaining this qualification is available from Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre.
Applying for an approval to provide weather reports
Once you have either the A or B certificate referred to above, an approval under subregulation 120 (1) of Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 to pass weather information to pilots is required.
This approval must be supplied by the CASA Air Navigation, Airspace and Aerodromes (ANAA) Branch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- 'Request for CAR120 Approval' in the subject line
- your contact details
- a scanned copy of the Bureau of Meteorology AWO certificate.