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Radio communications requirements

CAR Part 8, AIP GEN 1.5

As the pilot of an aircraft, you must ensure that the aircraft is equipped with radio communications systems capable of continuous communication according to the class of flight you are conducting and the category of airspace in which you will be flying (AIP GEN 1.5). This includes ensuring that the radiocommunication system is of an approved type.

The radiocommunication system in the aircraft must be licensed and approved by the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) in accordance with the Radiocommunications (Aircraft and Aeronautical Mobile Stations) Class Licence 2006 legislation. Furthermore, to use the aircraft’s radiocommunication system, you must hold a flight radiotelephony operator licence that qualifies you to communicate using the radio station (CAR 166E, CAR 83).

VFR requirements

Class

Airspace

Communication requirements

See notes

RPT

Classes A, C, D, E, G

VHF and HF or 2 VHF

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

CHTR

Classes A, C, D, E, G

VHF HF

2, when VHF does not allow continuous communication with ATS at all stages of flight: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

NGT VFR

Classes A, C, D, E, G

VHF

2

VFR

Classes A, C, D, E

VHF

2

Class G – 5000 ft and above

VHF

Except gliders at and below FL200: 2

Class G – at those aerodromes where the carriage and use of radio is required

VHF

2, 5

Class G – below 3000 ft AMSL or 1000 ft AGL

VHF

In reduced VMC: 2, 5

Gliders

Class G

VHF

Operations at aerodromes serviced by RPT: 5

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