Flight Radiotelephony Operator's Licence

A requirement for the PPL/LAPL, the FRTOL authorises you to operate an Aircraft Radio Station in a UK registered aircraft.

What is a FRTOL?

The Flight Radiotelephony Operator's Licence (FRTOL) authorises you to operate an Aircraft Radio Station in a UK registered aircraft. It can be held as a standalone licence, but is normally held in conjunction with another Flight Crew licence such as an LAPL or PPL.

How long is it valid for?

A UK FRTOL issued after 17 September 2012, is valid for life, provided that your English Language Proficiency endorsement is current. FRTOLs issued prior to 17 September 2012 have a ten year validity and must be re-applied for on expiry, if you still require the use of a FRTOL.

What is English Language Proficiency?

English Language proficiency endorsement (level 4 or better) is now a requirement for all holders of a FRTOL. Your language skills will be rated on a scale of 1 to 6 (as defined by ICAO). You can read more about Language Proficiency on this CAA site.

FRTOL pre-requisites

Minimum ages

The minimum age to gain a FRTOL is 16 years old.


You must have passed the PPL Communications theoretical exam* and a practical RTF Communications** examination.

Language proficiency

You will need an English Language proficiency endorsement of level 4 or better.

* This must be completed before the practical exam, a 24 month validity period begins once you have passed the written exam.
** There is a 24 month validity period to this test.

Why choose us?

Great training facilities

Generous time slots and friendly one-to-one instruction in our modern facilities mean that you'll always get the quality time that you need whilst training. We have our own in-house Radiotelephony examiner.

Our friendly team of staff are always on hand, should you need assistance.

Simple to use online services

Our online booking system is quick and easy to use. We'll also send you confirmation and reminder emails.

You can also log in to our members area to see your future bookings, or access our documents store, keep your knowledge up to date and see other relevant information, like Gamston's weather.

Great membership benefits

We are able to offer free landings at Gamston whilst using our aircraft.

We'll remind you when your ratings are going to expire to ensure that you're always up-to-date.

We offer free hot drinks whilst you unwind after your flight.

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