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Radio Operators License for International Flight

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

So I have a potential opportunity to fly out of the United States and that brings with it the need for a radio operators license from the FCC. Once a requirement of pilots in the United States to operate radio from airplanes, but with a law change in 1996 no longer necessary in the United States.

However it is a requirement when flying outside of the U.S. borders. From what I understand it may not be rigorously enforced, but if I happen to be flying in Mexico or someplace else the last thing I want is a reason for them to be able to jail me or extract extra money from me so better to abide by the law than be sorry!

  • Who is required to be licensed Link
  • Obtaining a License Link
  • The license you really need Link and according to the FCC you don’t have to submit proof of passing or taking a test (because you are a pilot ONLY KIDDING -I added that part to make myself feel better), but you don’t have to test see the site.
  • Here’s the forms you gotta fill out: Submit FCC Form 605. There is no proof of passing certificate requirement for an RR. Use the FCC Form 605 and the FCC Form 159 (fee processing form).
  • And here is the link you really want and the only reason why you came to this post in the first place, the link to go online and file the appropriate forms! Sorry it took me forever to get to it I was working my way through the knowledge as I posted! Online Apply Link

Other FYI:

  • Other commercial licenses and fees – link
  • ATC helps out VFR pilot stuck in IMC

    Monday, March 31st, 2014

    Great job to the ATC, who received an award this week for helping out a stranded pilot. Way to keep your head about you pilot as well!

    Senate passes FAA reauthorization bill

    Monday, February 21st, 2011

    By an 87 to 8 vote, the Senate approved the Federal Aviation Administration bill on Thursday, which will fund the FAA for two years. Democrats claim the FAA bill is the new Congress’ “first jobs bill” and would save or create an estimated 280,000 jobs. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday passed their version of a bill, which includes $59 billion funding over four years. Read Full Story…

    121.5 MHz ELT Ban Rumors

    Friday, August 6th, 2010

    There have been rumors that the Federal Communications Commission was going to ban the use of 121.5 MHz ELTs by Aug. 1, 2010.  You’re still legal to fly with that 121.5 MHz ELT in your aircraft, but the FAA and the FCC are trying to sort things out.

    Read Article and References…

    Ecplise is back or is it? When?

    Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

    I must say it was Airventure 1998 and the new 6 seat jet for $835,000 was announced.  I was flying high in business, the dotcom boom was in full swing and everyone was ready to buy.  Well the eclipse did get built, props to Van Rayburn for getting it done.  Unfortunately like much of the rest of our current economic melt down, Eclipse felt the pressure of not only the economy, but some things done wrong compounding their situation.

    I must say it was a sad day for me when I realize that my best hope for a ‘personal’ jet died the day Eclipse when into liquidation, but according to a recent article in AviationWeek my hope to someday own and fly an eclipse jet may be back on the horizon!

    Eclipse 500 Jet

    Me with Pre-Production Eclipse July 2006

    Above is me at Mineral Wells Airport with an Eclipse Undergoing Autopilot testing pre-certification.