Irish Gliding and Soaring Association


A radio is not required but is strongly advised. It is necessary to have a radio to talk to Air Traffic Control.

8.33kHz Channel spacing

All radios need to be 8.33kHz compliant by 31st December 2017. However a derogation applies in Ireland allowing continued use of 25kHz radios:

  • Irish Registered aircraft
  • Remain in un-controlled airspace (Class G) in Ireland
  • Any new or replacement radions must be 8.33kHz compliant
  • Derogation may be cancelled at some point in the future.


All radios must have a licence issued by ComReg. The system is now entirely handled on line. Only radios that comply with ETSO/JTSO standards will be issued licences. Some older crystal radios do not meet this standard.

Log on to the eLicencing website: https://www.elicensing.comreg.ie/ to register, apply or modify a licence.

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