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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!

    Holy Second Class Medical, batman!

    Sunday, April 24th, 2011

    Well as I study for my exam today I started breaking out the old E6B, Navigational Plotter, looking at my logbook and…my medical certificate, holy cow last done 4/21/2008, wasn’t even thinking!  Gotta get that done this week.  Will visit Dr. Carlton Pittard, in Grapevine, TX!

    In case you don’t know, I refreshed my mind on what requires, what medical when and so on.

    First class certificates are required for those intending to be pilot-in-command in an air carrier operation requiring an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Other operations, including those under Part 91, may require a first class medical for insurance purposes, although it is not a federal requirement in such cases.

    To qualify for the first class medical certificate, pilots must meet the requirements for the third and second class certificates plus:

    * Heart Function: Electrocardiogram must show normal heart function once at age 35 and annually for those age 40 and over

    For pilots under 40 years of age, first class medical certificates expire on the last day of the month they were issued, one year from the date of issue. The FAA introduced this rule on July 24, 2008.[15][16] For all others, they are valid until the last day of the month, six months after they were issued. The certificate holder may then only exercise the privileges of a second class medical certificate until the last day of the month, twelve months after the certificate was issued, thereafter the privileges of a third class medical until the last day of the month, twenty four months after the medical was issued ( FAA $61.23 (d-1-iii) ).

    • Student Pilot: an individual who is learning to fly under the tutelage of a flight instructor and who is permitted to fly alone under specific, limited circumstances
      • Hold at least a current third class medical certificate (except for glider, balloon or sport pilot).
    • Sport Pilot: an individual who is authorized to fly only Light-sport Aircraft
      • It is the only powered aircraft certificate that does not require a medical certificate; a valid vehicle driver’s license can be used as proof of medical competence provided the prospective pilot was not rejected for their last Airman Medical Certificate (see Sport Pilot Catch 22).
    • Recreational Pilot: an individual who may fly aircraft of up to 180 horsepower (130 kW) and 4 seats in the daytime for pleasure only
    • Private Pilot: an individual who may fly for pleasure or personal business, generally without accepting compensation
      • Obtain at least a third class medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner (except for glider or balloon)
    • Commercial Pilot: an individual who may, with some restrictions, fly for compensation or hire
      • To fly for hire, the pilot must hold a second class medical certificate, which is valid for 12 months.
    • Airline Transport Pilot (often called ATP): an individual authorized to act as pilot in command for a scheduled airline
      • First class certificates are required for those intending to be pilot-in-command in an air carrier operation requiring an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Other operations, including those under Part 91, may require a first class medical for insurance purposes, although it is not a federal requirement in such cases.

    A medical certificate is not necessary to fly a glider, balloon, or light-sport Aircraft. An ultralight aircraft may be piloted without a pilot certificate or a medical certificate.

    What do I have to do for my second class medical?

    Third class certifications require the least involved examinations of all medical certifications. They are required for those intending to be pilot-in-command of an aircraft under the Private or Recreational pilot certificates or while exercising solo privileges as a student pilot. To qualify for a third class medical certificate, pilots must meet the following requirements:

    • Distant vision: 20/20 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction
    • Intermediate vision: 20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction, at age 50 and over, as measured at 32 inches
    • Near vision: 20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction, as measured at a distance of 16 inches (410 mm)
    • Color vision: Demonstrate the ability to perceive the colors necessary for the safe performance of airman duties
    • Hearing: Demonstrate the ability to hear an average conversational voice in a quiet room, using both ears, at a distance of six feet, with their back turned to the examiner, or pass an approved audiometric test
    • Ear, Nose, and Throat: Exhibit no ear disease or condition manifested by, or that may reasonably be expected to be manifested by, vertigo or a disturbance of speech or equilibrium
    • Blood Pressure: Under 155/95
    • Mental Status: No diagnosis of psychosis, bipolar disorder, or severe personality disorders
    • Substance Dependence: No dependence on alcohol or any pharmacological substance in the previous two years

    FAA Medical Examiners

    FAA Medical Questions

    Time to Buy a New Plane and Expense 100% of it!

    Monday, December 20th, 2010

    The provision in the tax law just passed by congress has the “100% expensing” policy, which allows businesses in 2011 to fully write off “productive capital investments” such as delivery trucks, machines and aircraft rather than depreciate the cost over a period of years.  Welcome to that new plane you had your eye on or that new GPS and/or flight director!

    “The expensing provision will encourage sales of airplanes, engines and avionics in a market that continues to experience a very slow recovery,” says Pete Bunce, CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

    With the immediate write-off, firms will have lower taxable income and more money to spend. A Treasury Department analysis estimates 2 million companies will take advantage of it. Full Story from USA Today

    Cessna 402c Hydraulic Power CE-10-44

    Monday, August 9th, 2010

    CE-10-44 Cessna 402C

    Click here to read it