Radio Licence

Many people are surprised to find out that radios are not 'mandatory' in microlights and many airfields througout the UK accept non-radio aircraft. However, most pilot's do equip their aircraft with radios and students training with Exodus will quickly become familiar with the calls invoved in flying from Plaistows.

All operators of radios in aircraft are required to possess a Flight Radio-Telephony Operator’s Licence. This licence is valid for the life of your pilot's licence.

The fundamental purpose of the licence is to ensure that aviation radio transmissions are made only by competent individuals. While the "specialist" language may seem strange at first, it is there to avoid confusion in the air.

Exodus can arrange radiotelephony courses through a very experienced local flight instructor and examiner.

The course and exam is in two parts: theory and practical.

  • Radio theory is usually learned in a series of ground briefs, normally taken on two evening and followed by a 30 minute written radio theory exam. We suggest students familiarise themselves with the Radio Telephony Operators Handbook (CAP413) before the training as this speeds things up dramatically. You can download it free from the CAA website. The CAA also offers an excellent leaflet on Radiotelephony as part of its Safety Sense series.
  • The practical exam is undertaken on the ground but simulates the two-way conversation experienced by aviators. With the aid of a mock radio system, student and examiner simulate a real flight. Despite the artificial nature of the set-up, this provides a very realistic environment.