Radio Licensing

The work of the Radio Licensing section


The Civil Aviation Authority has been appointed by the Office of Communications (Ofcom) as its agent to distribute wireless telegraphy act aeronautical radio licences.. Please see our list of FAQs



Licence Categories

The use of the Aeronautical radio spectrum in the main frequency bands is divided into two main functions – ground-air communications and radio navigation. The CAA Policy (acting as agent to the Office of Communications) issues licences to cover these uses of radio.

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Code of Practice

Our code states our aim to provide you with a prompt and efficient service and outlines our procedures for handling enquiries and monitoring customer feedback. It outlines the standards of service you can expect from us and offers useful advice on how to get the best from the services we offer

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Radio Equipment Approval

A list of approved common radio licensing equipment & details of how radio licensing equipment is approved.


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Application Forms


Please use the links below to view and obtain the relevant Wireless Telegraphy Act radio licensing application forms or to view the fee calculator:

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Application Fee Calculator

2014/15 Administered Incentive Pricing Fees

Administered Incentive Pricing for VHF Aeronautical Ground Stations

Following an extensive consultation process, a new fees structure for VHF aeronautical ground station licences has been determined by Ofcom. Additionally Ofcom has decided to rename these licences to reflect ICAO service types. In order to implement these changes a number of activities are being undertaken by Ofcom. 

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Please use the link below to view Ofcom's Notice of proposals to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Notice of proposals to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2014






If you have any queries or comments on our service please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Radio Licensing Section, SARG 
CAA House
K6, G6
45 – 59 Kingsway

Telephone Helpline:
0207 453 6555 (open 9am to 5pm Monday – Friday excluding public holidays)

0207 453 6556


Useful Links: 
Ofcom - the UK’s new communications industry regulator
Radio Telephony discipline - Information on Radio Telephony discipline 
Flight Crew Licensing enquiries - CAA documents relating to Flight Crew Licensing 
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