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VHF radiocommunications

Rev. 15 — page content was last changed 12 June 2011
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In Australia the ability to communicate by aircraft radio is not legally necessary for those aircraft registered with RA-Aus that operate in VMC below 5000 feet in non-controlled airspace, except for operations in the vicinity of non-towered aerodromes. Aircraft operating above 5000 feet must be equipped with VHF transmitter/receivers. Transceiver use by all aircraft does much to ensure safe – and effective – flight operations, and is highly recommended.

This tutorial is intended to outline Australian aircraft transceiver licensing and radio operator qualification plus the radiotelephony techniques and procedures to be used during VFR flight operations outside controlled airspace. Radiotelephony emergency/distress procedures are included, plus the usage of satellite-compatible distress beacons and the operations of the Australian Search and Rescue organisation.       ... JB.

(The material in the VHF radiocommunications guide amply covers the RA-Aus radio operator's endorsement syllabus listed in the RA-Aus Operations Manual section 3.08.)


1. Transmitter licensing

2. Radiotelephony phrasing — aviation English

3. VHF characteristics and radio operation

4. A typical transceiver — the Microair M760

5. Radiotelephony communications and procedures

6. Safety and emergency communication procedures

7. Aviation distress beacons

8. Understanding SAR services

Abbreviations and acronyms

Next - atmospheric structure The first section of the VHF radiocommunications guide covers transmitter and operator licensing

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