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How to Apply and Renew RTR(A) (P) in India: Issue, renewal and conversion: Everything You Need to Know

Are you a pilot or aspiring to become one, seeking clarity on the process of renewing, issuing, or converting Radio Telephony (RTR) licenses?

Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we'll break down the detailed steps and required documents for each procedure, ensuring you navigate the process smoothly.

RTR licenses are essential for pilots and aviation professionals, allowing them to operate communication equipment within aeronautical services. Whether you're applying for a new license, renewing an existing one, or converting a foreign license, the process involves specific steps and documentation.

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the RTR license, ensure you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old.

  2. Education: A minimum educational qualification of 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics is required.

  3. Language Proficiency: Proficiency in English, as the exam and aviation communication are conducted in English.

Steps to Obtain an RTR License

1. Application Submission

Start by submitting your application to the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) Wing. The application form is available on the WPC website or can be obtained from their office. Fill out the form carefully, ensuring all details are accurate.

2. Examination Fee

Pay the examination fee as specified by the WPC. The fee can be paid online or through a demand draft, as per the instructions provided on the WPC website.

3. Exam Preparation

The RTR examination consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: Written Examination

  • Syllabus: Covers topics like aviation meteorology, navigation, principles of radio communication, and regulations.

  • Preparation: Study the syllabus thoroughly. Recommended books include "Aviation Regulations" by RK BALI and "Radio Telephony Handbook" by FAA.

  • Part 2: Practical Examination

  • Content: Tests your ability to handle real-time communication scenarios, including distress and emergency procedures.

  • Preparation: Practice simulated communication exercises and familiarize yourself with standard phraseology.

Which RTR license should I apply for if I have done CPL outside India?

If you have completed your Commercial Pilot License (CPL) outside of India, you would typically apply for an Indian RTR(A) license. This license is specifically designed for individuals holding CPL qualifications and is necessary for operating radio transmitting equipment onboard aircraft within Indian airspace.

How many exams are to be given for a Full Indian RTR(A) license?


To obtain a Full Indian RTR(A) license, you will need to pass exams: the Radio Telephony Restricted (Aeronautical) exam Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 is more of a practical assessment where you are expected to converse with standard radio phraseology and Part 2 is an Oral exam testing you on the RT regulations and instruments.

How to prepare for Indian RTR exams - study materials?

Preparing for Indian RTR exams requires diligent study and understanding of aeronautical communication procedures. It's essential to utilize comprehensive study materials that cover topics such as radio phraseology, aviation regulations, and operational procedures. Online resources, textbooks, and practice exams can be valuable tools in your preparation.

What is the process to convert a UK RTR or RT license from any Commonwealth country to an Indian RTR?

To convert a UK RTR or RT license from any Commonwealth country to an Indian RTR, you will need to undergo a process of validation. This typically involves providing documentation of your existing license, completing any necessary paperwork, and potentially undergoing additional training or examinations to meet Indian regulatory requirements.

Extension/Renewal of RTR Permit

1. Application Process: Fill out Form COP 23 and Annexure 1-A.

2. Required Documents: Attested copies of foreign FRTOL, valid Flight Crew Licenses, Experience Certificate, Passport, and two passport-size photographs.

3. Payment: Rs. 5000 renewal fee via NTRP Portal, with late fees if applicable.

Issue of RTR (C) License Against Foreign FRTOL

1. Qualification: Pass RTR(A) Part-1 examination.

2. Application Process: Complete Form Annexure 1-A and Form AF-1.

3. Required Documents: Attested copy of valid FRTOL, two passport-size photographs, and an undertaking.

4. Payment: Rs. 5000 via NTRP Portal.

What is the process to apply for a Full Indian RTR(A) license?

To apply for a Full Indian RTR(A) license, you will need to submit an application to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) along with the required documentation, including proof of your CPL qualification, medical certificate, and any other relevant certificates. You will also need to pass the prescribed exams and practical assessments.

Issue of RTR (Permit)

1. Application Process: Complete Application Form (AF1) and Annexure 1-A.

2. Required Documents: Attested copies of foreign Flight Radio Telephony Operator License (FRTOL), Flight Crew Licenses (CPL/ATPL/FEL), Passport, Visa, and two passport-size photographs.

3. Payment: Rs. 5000 via NTRP Portal.

More on the application and exam pattern in given in the blog

What is the validity of an Indian RTR(A) license?

An Indian RTR(A) license is typically valid until you turn 60 years old. 

What is the validity of an RTR(P) license?

An RTR(P) license, which is issued for personnel operating radio transmitting equipment in non-aeronautical mobile services, is typically valid for a period of five years from the date of issue. Like the RTR(A) license, it is crucial to renew the RTR(P) license before its expiration to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.


Navigating the process of RTR (A/P) license renewal, issue, or conversion may seem daunting, but with the right guidance and understanding of the required documents and steps, it becomes manageable. Ensure you have all necessary documents attested and follow the payment procedures diligently through the NTRP Portal for a smooth experience. Happy flying!

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