Aeronautical licensing process and applications
You can apply or amend existing licence(s) for an Aircraft or a Ground Station Licence using the aeronautical application forms linked below. Please submit completed forms via: email@example.com
Apply for an aeronautical licence
To complete these forms, please right-click the required link and select 'Save link as...' or 'Save target as...' to download the form to your device.
How the licensing process works
If you have questions about your aeronautical licence, find the answers here.
Update 17 January 2022 – Proposal to vary aircraft licences
Ofcom has published a General Notice setting out our proposal to vary all aircraft and aircraft (transportable) licences. This is to to update and simplify the licence documents that we issue. We are now in a transition period.
During this transition period, we will still accept new applications and issue licences. If you decide to apply for a licence (or continue with a licence application) during this time, we will take this as you consenting to these future changes.
This means that if we decide to proceed with our proposal, we may issue you with an old-style licence and shortly afterwards automatically send you a new, revised licence that supersedes your existing one.
To avoid sending you two licences within a short period, we are also giving applicants the option of choosing to receive their licence after the conclusion of the licence variation process on 18 March 2022. Applicants would then only be sent one licence reflecting the new version of the licence.
For aircraft and transportable licences, we normally issue a licence within 5 working days of receipt of a completed application form and licence fee. Aeronautical ground station and navigation aid applications will often take longer due to the need to assign a frequency, which may need to be coordinated internationally. Method of delivery (email or letter) depends on your preference as indicated in the application.
Furthermore, there are twice-yearly six-week freeze periods imposed by EUROCONTROL to allow for Europe wide frequency (Block) planning. The Block planning only affects air-ground communications (COM2) 117.975 – 137 MHz.
You will automatically receive a fee reminder approximately six weeks before your fee falls due. You can then send in payment or pay online. If you have set up a direct debit you need do nothing, we shall collect the fee.
If we do not receive a response to the reminder notice we will issue a proposal to cancel notice on the licence fee due date and a cancellation notice one month after the licence fee due date.
You must notify us of any changes to the address details of the aircraft owner/radio licensee or to the classes of radio equipment (e.g. VHF, radio altimeter). For registered aircraft you should also notify your Aircraft Registry of any changes.
Changes to an Aeronautical Ground Station or Navigation Aid licence should be submitted on an application form. Your new equipment should not be installed or used until it has been approved.
No, licences are not transferable between licensees or aircraft and there is no pro rata refund.
For licence fees up to and including £5,000, the fastest way is to submit a credit/debit card payment through our online payment portal.
For payments over £5,000 a direct debit instruction is best. Direct debits cannot be set up in time to collect the first payment but will be used for future payments. However, payment can be taken by direct debit for a new licence if you are an existing licensee with a live direct debit instruction set up with your bank.
If you prefer to make a BACS payment, please quote your invoice number, so that our Finance team can identify your payment easily.
For International Banker’s Drafts, please quote your invoice number. You will need to add the charge on an international banker’s draft to the total requested.
Ofcom doesn’t provide an individual receipt after any payments. Ofcom considers the receipt of the licence document as receipt of payment.
Ofcom no longer requires details of the make and model number of aircraft radio equipment for licensing purposes. Approval numbers for most equipment will be found on the EASA website. If you have difficulty locating the appropriate approval numbers you should contact either the manufacturer or retailer of the equipment.
We may revoke your Aircraft or Ground Station Licence if you don’t pay your fee. Additionally for an Aircraft Radio Licence, we may revoke your licence if we are notified that you have disposed of your aircraft. If you still wish to use the radio equipment you will need to apply for a fresh licence using the appropriate application form. It is an offence to operate aeronautical radio equipment without a valid Wireless Telegraphy Act radio licence.
You need the appropriate operator certificate to use aircraft radio. The CAA is responsible for the operator certification.
By reducing the channel spacing between consecutive transmit frequencies in the aeronautical VHF bands, the 8.33 kHz channel spacing adds two additional channels for every 25 kHz channel. This is to overcome the frequency congestion in the medium to long term by providing more channels. For an 8.33 kHz channel the transmit frequencies will have at least four digits after the decimal. To reduce the potential for errors between the controller and pilot, the channel number has been allocated for each frequency which closely resembles the frequency. This is done in such a way that only three digits after the decimal are used. The purpose of this is to simplify the pronunciation of the frequency spoken over air and reduce the number of digits needed to be entered into the onboard radio.
For more information, please read our leaflet on understanding 8.33 kHz frequencies and their specific channel number, and use our converter to check the frequency/channel.
You will receive a licence document after the first invoice is paid, please keep this safe. We will no longer issue a copy of your licence after the periodic fee is paid. When a licence is issued it is in perpetuity, so is valid until it is surrendered or revoked.
For later licence fees paid, you will receive a licence fee payment confirmation per licence. Please keep this licence fee payment confirmation with your licence document. We have made this change to bring aeronautical licensing into line with our other licence products.