When is AFTRCC coordination required?
On October 25, 1996, the FCC released a Report and Order eliminating
licensing requirements for aircraft operating domestically. To clarify the
resulting confusion, the FCC has explained that the Report and Order refers to
those stations authorized under 47 C.F.R. Part 87 Subpart F, which include
general aviation aircraft, scheduled air carriers, and air taxies. Flight test
aircraft authorized under Part 87 Subpart J, however, use frequencies
requiring AFTRCC coordination and must continue to be licensed.
Subpart J, 87.305 (a)(1) states:
"Each application for a new station license, renewal or modification of an
existing license concerning flight test frequencies, except as provided in
paragraph (b) of this section, must be accompanied by a statement from a
frequency advisory committee..."
"(b) These applications need not be accompanied by evidence of frequency
coordination: (1) Any application for modification not involving change in
frequency(ies), power, emission, antenna height, antenna location or area of
operation. (2) Any application for 121.5 MHz."
The FCC requires coordination for any license action except a change in
licensee name that is NOT due to change in ownership; change in ownership
requires coordination. If the licensee name change is due to a change in
ownership, an application for a new license is required, along with an AFTRCC
coordination. AFTRCC recommends coordination be performed for ALL license
actions, including simple changes such as names and addresses. This practice
keeps user information in the AFTRCC database current. There is no coordination
fee for changes in name or address.
Further information regarding licensing & coordination requirements
can be found here:
47 C.F.R PART 87-AVIATION SERVICES: Subpart F-Aircraft Stations
47 C.F.R PART 87-AVIATION SERVICES: Subpart J-Flight Test Stations
NTIA Redbook Chapter 8 (see 8.3.17 Procedures for Field Level Coordination)