What an aircraft licence is for
You need an aircraft licence to use radiocommunications equipment that is fixed to an aircraft.
This includes planes, helicopters and hobby aircraft such as:
- hang gliders
- sailplanes and balloons
An aircraft licence is an assigned licence. All equipment must operate on the assigned frequency.
If you don't need an assigned licence, you may be able to use equipment under an aircraft class licence.
The Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015 defines aircraft licences.
Frequencies for aircraft licences
When you have an aircraft licence, you must follow the conditions of your licence.
- conditions of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act)
- Licence Condition (Apparatus Licence) Determination 2015
- Licence Conditions (Aircraft Licence) Determination 2011
- other conditions that apply to you under ‘special conditions’
These conditions help you communicate safely and without interference.
We will include information you should be aware of under the heading 'advisory notes'.
Call signs are a unique series of letters and numbers. They make it easy to identify a station.
We will give you a call sign, or you can use a call sign from Airservices Australia or CASA.
You should use your call sign:
- every time you start to transmit
- before you transmit in a series
- when you test
Aircraft call sign template
Aircraft call sign template (example of a typical call sign: VHABC)
alpha character A to Z that represents an aircraft's registration marking. This should be as per one of the following:
Apply for an aircraft licence
To apply for an assigned aircraft licence you should contact an accredited person.
- assign you a frequency
- give you a frequency assignment certificate
- apply for your licence for you
Transfer an aircraft licence
You can apply to: