BGA FRTOL course

Welcome to the BGA Flight Radio Telephony Operator License (FRTOL) course for 2021. This course is intended for three sets of people.

  • Glider pilots who want to know how to use the radio whilst flying a glider (and to get their FRTOL)

  • Glider pilots who have a FRTOL and want a reminder on what to say and when

  • Experienced radio users who are prepared to help others learn these skills

The first course online course ran in April and May 2020. The second course will run in February and March 2021 - with sessions once a week in the evening (1930-2130). This will start on Tuesday 16th February 2021. If you're interested, sign up and we'll email nearer the time with more details.

The test

The existing FRTOL test is designed around a powered aeroplane flight, . This is a somewhat different operation from a glider flight, but the CAA intend to change the test so that it can be taken by a glider pilot as if they were operating a glider. This should have happened by the completion of the 2021 course. This course is designed around the new test, and has the benefit that it is directly useful for glider operations. If you do this course, you will know everything that is required for a full FRTOL.

The course

There are videos which you will need to study prior to the online sessions.

In the six online sessions we will reprise key messages, and focus on giving you practice with coaches. Following the course we will link you with a coach to practice prior to the test.

You can find all the course material here.

The course assumes a Bronze badge level of knowledge. If you haven't done that, go to the Background Theory page, where you'll find some things to help you catch up.

Coaching scheme - and signing up

If you know how to use the radio, and are prepared to coach people (remotely), then please let me know at paul@ruskin.me.uk. We'll try and link you to suitable students. Or you can organise something directly at your club.