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: spectrum.licensing@ofcom.org.uk

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.

Aircraft application form OfW585 (PDF, 579.9 KB)

Ground station application form OfW586a (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Ground station payment contact form OfW586b (PDF, 821.2 KB)

Aeronautical radar ground station licence application form OfW593 (PDF, 1.0 MB)

Aeronautical navigational aid radio ground station licence application form OfW594 (PDF, 1.2 MB)

How the licensing process works

If you have questions about your aeronautical licence, find the answers here.

Wireless Telegraphy Act licensing policy manual (PDF, 305.2 KB)

EMF licence condition (PDF, 164.7 KB)

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.

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