Aeronautical radio

11 June 2018

Aeronautical radio licensing covers aircraft radio licences, aeronautical ground station licences and navigation aids, including radar. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the UK agency responsible for air safety and is also responsible for managing aeronautical radio assignments. The CAA distributes all aeronautical radio licences on behalf of Ofcom.

Update 11 June 2018: Ofcom to issue aeronautical radio licences

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is currently contracted to administer radio licences for UK and Crown Dependency aircraft and ground stations on behalf of Ofcom. Ofcom has decided that in future it will issue aeronautical radio licences itself. The new arrangements are expected to be in place from November 2018. Over the next five months the CAA and Ofcom will be working together to achieve a smooth transition.

The responsibility for assigning radio frequencies to the aviation industry rests with the CAA and this will not change.

We will publish more detailed information and guidance in due course. In the meantime, please see the adjoining FAQs and continue to direct radio licensing enquiries to the CAA as usual.