There are two parts to getting an approval to transmit your voice using an aeronautical radio:

Remote pilot qualification

Other than in an emergency, it is illegal to make a voice transmission on an aeronautical radio frequency unless you hold a relevant certificate of competency - NZ Radiocommunications Regulations 2001(external link). Most commonly, this certification of operator competency is achieved by obtaining a Part 61 Pilot Licence, or a Part 65 Air Traffic Services Personnel Licence.

However, AviAssist(external link) is now able to offer the Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Radio Telephony Operator Certificate (UAS FRTOC).  This is for remote pilots who do not possess one of the above qualifications, and where requirement to communicate on an aviation radio frequency is a condition of a Part 102 certificate.  Part of the UAS FRTOC is the Aviation Language Proficiency Test(external link) run by the CAA examination contractor Aspeq(external link).  The need for UAS FRTOC should be discussed with the CAA Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Certification team or an Emerging Technologies Unit (ETU) Project Advisor before commencing any training and/or booking exams.  Contact AviAssist directly to arrange the training when it is deemed appropriate.

Approved callsign

To comply with International Telecommunications Union Regulations,(external link) all aircraft radio transmissions worldwide must include an approved callsign.  Approval to use an aeronautical radio and the allocation of an appropriate callsign is managed through the Part 102 certification process. Some points to note:

  • In all cases, the callsign must be pre-fixed with the word 'Remote'.
  • The remaining part of the callsign must be unique and distinguishable to your operation.  The use of common aircraft types such as 'Phantom' or 'Mavic' will not be approved as these terms are too generic.
  • Your preferred callsign may not be available or suitable for approval.  Be prepared to suggest alternate call signs if your first choice can’t be accommodated.

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