The aviation radio service is an internationally-allocated radio service providing for safety of life and property in air navigation. There are two types of aviation radio services:
- Aircraft Radio Stations are stations in the aeronautical mobile service that use radio equipment, such as two-way radiotelephones, radar, radionavigation equipment, and emergency locator transmitters (ELTs), on board aircraft for the primary purpose of ensuring safety of aircraft in flight.
- Ground Radio Stations are usually of two types. The Aeronautical and Fixed Service includes stations used for ground-to-air communications with aircraft about aviation safety, navigation, or preparation for flight. The Aeronautical Radionavigation Service is made up of stations used for navigation, obstruction warning, instrument landing, and measurement of altitude and range.