Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC)

Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC)

In the vast and dynamic world of aviation, clear and effective communication is paramount. For those who operate on aviation air-band radio frequencies but are not yet licensed, obtaining an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) is not just a regulatory requirement—it’s a crucial step towards ensuring safety and efficiency in the skies. Whether you’re an aircraft maintenance engineer, a remote pilot licence (RePL) holder, or involved in airport or emergency services, this guide is designed to navigate you through the essentials of acquiring your AROC.

Who Needs an AROC?

The Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC) is a mandatory credential for a diverse group of individuals within the aviation sector, including but not limited to:

This certification ensures that all parties can effectively communicate within the aviation radio frequency spectrum, a critical component for the smooth operation of air traffic and ground services. When operating drones it gives vital situational awareness and the ability to communicate with crewed aircraft deconflicting if operating in the same airspace.

The Framework: Understanding the Regulations

The AROC is governed by the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS) and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 64. These documents provide the backbone for flight crew licensing regulations, including the criteria and process for obtaining an Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC). Familiarising yourself with these regulations will provide you with a solid understanding of the certification process and its importance.

Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC) – Starting Your Journey: Application Essentials

Before embarking on your AROC application, ensure you have an aviation reference number (ARN). This can be obtained through an online application on the myCASA portal—a pivotal first step in your certification process.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for an AROC, applicants must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Hold an aviation reference number (ARN)
  • Have completed the requisite training
  • Meet the required competency standards
  • Possess a current English Language Proficiency assessment, ranging from level 4 to 6
Australian Radio Operators Certificate (AROC)

The Training Pathway

Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC) training is available through a variety of channels, including pilot instructors, some Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), certified drone training providers and approved individuals. Trainers must have CASR Part 64.012 approval to conduct AROC training and assessments, ensuring that they meet the high standards set by the regulatory bodies.

Upon completion of training, an assessor will evaluate whether the applicant meets the required standards. If successful, the assessor will then submit the application to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on behalf of the student, marking a significant milestone in the certification journey.

Submitting Your Application

Applications for the AROC can be submitted through the myCASA portal, streamlined for those with an ‘Instrument of Approval’. For those without, the process involves completing the Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate form 64-ROC and submitting it via email, along with the necessary identification documents. However, most training organisations will submit the application on behalf of the applicant.

After Submission: What to Expect

Following the submission of your application, an email confirmation will be sent, detailing the outcome and providing a receipt for any payments made. Successful applicants will then receive an email from CASA confirming their qualification – a testament to their readiness to operate within the aviation radio communication network.

Obtaining your Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) is a critical step for anyone required to communicate on aviation air-band radio frequencies. By understanding the eligibility requirements, completing the necessary training, and successfully navigating the application process, you can achieve this important certification. Embarking on this journey not only enhances your professional qualifications but also contributes to the safety and efficiency of aviation operations nationwide.

Skycomm by Hover UAV

This certification also extends to operating radio communications from a Remote Operations Centre (ROC). Hover UAV has developed a communications solution that uses VHF communications over RoIP to communicate with crewed aircraft remotely. An AROC is essential to operate such a system. For more information on this please don’t hesitate to gain contact.

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