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.