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Information concerning authorisation to use aeromobile radio equipment

Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) issues licences to use radio equipment on Norwegian-registered aircraft. The purpose of the arrangement is to ensure good and secure radio communication to and from aircraft and to comply with international obligations.

Regulations no. 755 of 1 June 2010 relating to licences for radio equipment on board Norwegian registered aircraft entered into force on 1 July 2010. The Regulations replace previous Regulations no. 1612 of 21 December 2001.

Requirements for a licence

The use of radio equipment on board Norwegian registered aircraft requires a licence from Nkom.

Licence applications

A licence can be granted to a person or company that is responsible for the operation of the aircraft.
An application must be sent to Nkom using the form which can be found at the bottom of the page (Application for a licence for radio equipment on board a Norwegian registered aircraft).

Changes

Holders of licences for radio equipment on board Norwegian registered aircraft are obligated to notify Nkom in writing about any changes to equipment, address or ownership/operator situation.

If the licence is cancelled, for example in connection with a sale or de-registering, the licence document must be returned to the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority.

If a Norwegian registered aircraft is sold to another country it must be documented to Nkom that the Norwegian identity has been removed from the equipment.

Equipment requirements

All radio equipment must be in accordance with Section 8-1 of Act no. 83 of 4 July 2003 relating to electronic communications (the Electronic Communications Act).

Compliance must be documented upon request.

Radio equipment must satisfy the requirements in Annex 10 of the Convention of 7 December 1994 on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which Norway is a member of.

Radio equipment must be in accordance with joint European requirements which Norway has agreed to, cf. Regulations no. 99 of 26 January 2007 relating to the establishment of a single European sky, cf. Regulation (EC) no. 552/2004 on the interoperability of the European Air Traffic Management Network (Interoperability Regulation).

Radio equipment approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is approved for use on Norwegian registered aircraft. EASA has established an overview of the equipment that has been approved for use on board aircraft. The overview is available at EASA's website.

As a general rule, radio equipment that was approved in an EEA member country prior to 28 September 2003 is approved for use on Norwegian registered aircraft, but there are exceptions to this rule.

It is possible to apply to use radio equipment that has not been approved by EASA on aircraft that are exempt from the EASA rules.

ICAO ID

The "ICAO Aircraft 24-bit Address" is often referred to as ICAO ID in Norway. An application must be sent to the Civil Aviation Authority - Norway in order to be issued an ICAO ID for the aircraft if this is required.

Programming of transponders

If an aircraft has an mode S transponder, documentation must be sent to Nkom that shows that the unit has been correctly programmed with the Norwegian ICAO ID ("ICAO Aircraft 24-bit Address") allocated to the aircraft.

Programming of emergency beacons

If an aircraft has a 406 MHz emergency beacon it must be programmed with ICAO ID in accordance with one of the following protocols defined by Cospas-Sarsat:

  • "Serial User Protocol with Aircraft 24-bit Address"
  • "Serial User Location Protocol with Aircraft 24-bit Address"
  • "Standard Location Protocol with Aircraft 24-bit Address"

Documentation must be sent to Nkom ("programming certificate") which shows that the issued ICAO ID has been correctly programmed in the emergency beacon. This documentation must contain complete information about "Beacon ID". "Beacon ID" in the form of "15 Hex ID" is a combination of 15 letters and numbers that can be decoded with the “Beacon Message Decode Program” on the Cospas-Sarsat website such that one can see the values of the parameters in the relevant emergency beacon, for example, protocol, country code, ICAO ID and "number of additional ELTs".

Control report

Before you receive the licence, in addition to the actual application you must also submit a control report that shows that the radio equipment is in order and has been programmed with the correct Norwegian identity.

For new aircraft, the control report can be a document from the manufacturer which describes what has been installed and that the manufacturer vouches for this being in order.

For imported second-hand aircraft the control report will typically be a ramp test report from a maintenance institution that has EASA approval.

Temporary licence to use radio equipment

It is possible to apply for a temporary licence to use radio equipment for a limited period of time such that the radio equipment can be used on the aircraft while making arrangements for a permanent licence.

Administrative charges

Administrative charges for licences to use aeromobile radio equipment will be accordance with the applicable Regulations relating to administrative charges payable to the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority.
It is possible to cancel the licence by submitting written notice by 31 December to avoid paying annual administrative charges the following year.

For more information contact: firmapost@nkom.no or tel.: +47 22 82 46 00.