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How Aircrew Flight Equipment (AFE) personnel benefit from obtaining the FCC General Radio Operating License in a short summary…

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Aircrew flight equipment can benefit from an FCC General Radio Operators License and this is how. The FCC exists to mandate 24 hour radio communications on board all aircraft and maritime vessels. Monitoring emergency frequencies, governing and assigning radio traffic frequencies are also included.

The General Radio Operator License (GROL) enables you to internally repair, maintain and adjust radio equipment in 32 industries. Two of these are aviation and maritime.

Our military aircraft currently use survivor radio and personnel locator systems that consist of voice and secure data, Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Low Probability of Exploitation, Ultra High Frequencies, Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System Multi-Band/ Broadband, Very High Frequency, Military GPS and more. AFE technicians maintain and repair these components during daily operations and already have the technical skills required to maintain these same systems in the civilian sector. AFE technicians maintain the systems used by search and rescue control centers for aircrew recovery in case of an emergency. The importance of maintaining such systems is critical and may be the difference between life and death.

Use in civilian sector

Just as military aircraft use survivor radio and personnel locator systems.  Civilian aircraft and maritime vessels also rely on these same emergency systems. One example is the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, or EPIRB, which alerts search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. Once the EPIRB is activated, it transmits a coded message on a specific frequency via satellite and earth stations to the nearest fixed rescue radio station. Some EPIRBs includes built-in GPS that can alert rescue services to accurately locate personnel.

AFE technicians obtaining the GROL will validate their knowledge and skills acquired. All skills learned while maintaining these components during daily operations. The GROL certifies technicians to work on similar components in the civilian sector. In many cases, some civilian positions require the GROL to even apply for the job. This lifetime license is valuable if an AFE specialist decides to pursue a civilian job in numerous industries after their first term or retirement.This certification also qualifies for CCAF credits dependent on the AFSC . This can also be the perfect EPR education bullet. To learn more about the FCC GROL visit What is an FCC GROL

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