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Information concerning aircraft radio station licence

Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) is responsible for issuing aircraft radio station licences in Norway. The purpose of the arrangement is to ensure good and secure radio communication to and from aircraft and to comply with international obligations.

Regulation

Regulation 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 replaced 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 application

A licence may be granted to a person or company that is responsible for the operation of the aircraft.

Application shall 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 shall be returned to Nkom.

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

Equipment requirements

All radio equipment shall 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 shall be compliant with 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).
Radio equipment must be compliant 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) including amendments.

Radio equipment approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)1 may be used in Norwegian registered aircraft. EASA has published an overview of equipments that have 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 in Norwegian registered aircrafts, 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 Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority in order to get an ICAO ID for the aircraft if this is required.

Programming of transponders

If an aircraft has a 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 as 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 shall be sent to Nkom ("programming certificate") showing 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".

Transition to 8,33 kHz channels on Aeronautical VHF

In line with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1079/2012 a transition is ongoing from 25 kHz channels to 8,33 kHz channels on the aeronautical VHF frequencies in the band 119.975 - 137 MHz.

The Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1079/2012 is implemented in Norwegian law in BSL G 1-2 in «Regelverk for norsk sivil luftfart», i.e. forskrift om samvirkingsevnen i Det europeiske nett for lufttrafikkstyring.

According to the Norwegian Aviation Authority 25 kHz VHF channels will still be used for some time. According to the Norwegian Aviation Authority «de-ice» and some other services on the ground will move to 8,33 kHz channels by June 2018.

New radio equipment and other new systems that are put into service must comply with the requirements for 8,33 kHz aeronautical VHF speech channels.

For civil flights abroad after 31st of December 2017 it will be necessary to have radios that are compliant with the requirements for 8,33 kHz aeronautical VHF speech channels.

Questions related to this transition may be sent to nfmn@caa.no.

Temporary licence to use radio equipment

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

Administrative charges and sector fees

The licence holder must pay administrative charges and sector fees in accordance with Regulations relating to sector fees and administrative charges to the Norwegian Communications Authority. A non-recurring charge is charged the first time such a license is issued. Sector fees must be paid every year, for the whole calendar year if the licence is valid on 1 January.

When new licenses are issued between 1 January and 1 July the full sector fee for the whole calendar year is charged.

When new licenses are issued between 1 July and 31 December only half the annual fee is charged.
It is possible to cancel the licence by submitting written notice to Nkom 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.

1 The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority is the local representative of EASA in Norway, http://www.caa.no

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