• You must be appropriately qualified and licensed to provide a Flight Information Service (FIS).

    Licences are issued following completion of the courses and examinations described below.

    Pre-requisites

    You must:

    • be 18 years of age or over;
    • have passed the written examinations in ‘Navigation and Meteorology’ and ‘Law and Procedures’;
    • have passed the examination for the grant of an aeronautical Radio Station Operator’s Certificate of Competence;
    • have a valid medical declaration;
    • have a thorough knowledge of the English language and are able to speak fluently without accent or impediment which would interfere with radio telephone conversation, or hold an acceptable exempting qualification.

    Exempting qualifications:

    • The holder of a UK Air Traffic Controller’s licence who has, within three years immediately preceding the date of application, held a Unit Endorsement in respect of the aerodrome control (visual) rating or of the aerodrome control (instrument) rating is exempt from all requirements for the issue of an Aerodrome FISO Licence.
    • The holder of a UK Air Traffic Controller’s Licence who has, within three years immediately preceding the date of application, held a Unit Endorsement in respect of a rating other than aerodrome control, should contact ATS Licensing to determine what requirements need to be satisfied for the issuance of an Aerodrome FISO Licence.
    • The holder of an RAF or RN ATC Certificate of Competence endorsed in aerodrome control during the three years immediately preceding the date of application is exempt from the multi-choice examination in Navigation and Meteorology. A copy of the relevant military certificate of competence should be submitted with the application for the issue of an Aerodrome FISO’s Licence.
    • The holder of a valid UK Flight Crew Licence is exempt from the examination in Navigation and Meteorology. Additionally, details of the licence should be submitted with the application for the issue of an Aerodrome FISO Licence.

    Cost

    The costs associated with FISO Licence are as follows:

    • For the grant of the FISO Licence - £106.00
    • Application for the naming of the place (or additional place) in a FISO Licence - £69.00
    • Examinations conducted by a CAA inspector for the validation in a FISO Licence - £654.00

    Processing time

    A FISO Licence will be issued within 10 working days if all the information provided by the applicant is correct.

    Validity

    • The holder of a FISO Licence must exercise the privileges of any validity entered on the licence within 90 days
    • The holder of a FISO Licence is required to have a competency check at least once every 24 months
    • Completed application form SRG 1414
    • Copies of relevant licences or certificates if applying for a qualifying exemption 
    • Relevant fee

    • Applications for the grant of a FISO Licence, an initial FISO licence validity examination, renewal of FISO competence or to attend the written examinations can be made by completing Form SRG 1414 Flight Information Service Officer's Licence Application.

    • If you applying for a FISO Licence, please complete sections 1, 3, 6 and 7 of the form, and return it with the appropriate fee to the CAA.

    • If you are applying for an initial FISO Licence validity examination, please complete sections 1, 4, 6 and 7, and return it with the appropriate fee to the CAA.

    • If you are sending a record of renewal for the renewal of a FISO Licence, please complete section 1, 5 and 7, and return it with the appropriate fee to the CAA.

    • The assessment of your application is completed by a Licensing Assistant or Officer

    • Following an acceptable assessment and if Licence issue applied for it is then processed, signed and dispatched to the correspondence address.

    • We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending awaiting any additional documentation to be submitted. 

    • A refund fee may be charged if the assessment results in the rejection of your application.  This will also be applied if you choose to cancel your application.