Most people in the aviation world know that it's legal to fly a Super Cub without a radio in the US. Is it legal in other parts of the world, specifically Germany?
I stumbled across this section in a copy of the German AIP VFR:
GEN 1-12 Radio and Air Navigation Equipment of Aircraft (NfL II-11/05)
- Radio and air navigation equipment for VFR flights
(1) For VFR flights, aeroplanes, rotorcraft, powered gliders, gliders, aerodynamically controlled ultralight aircraft, gyrocopters, airships, and free balloons shall be equipped with one VHF transceiver covering at least those frequencies in the range 118.000 to 136.975 MHz that are required for the planned flight; the transmitter output power and receiver sensitivity shall be at least such as to ensure clear radio-telephony communication with the ATC and AIS units, taking into account the operational characteristics of the aircraft and the route flown.
(3) Para 1 does not apply to flights at aerodromes without an ATC unit which are conducted during the day and which do not leave the vicinity of the departure aerodrome (Art. 3a para 3 of the German Aviation Regulation [LuftVO]). Local regulations of the responsible authority of a Land (Art. 21a para 1 of the German Aviation Regulation [LuftVO]) shall remain unaffected.
Does this mean cross country flight without a radio is illegal in Germany? Or is the part "shall be equipped with one VHF transceiver covering at least those frequencies ... that required for the planned flight" a loophole meaning you can go as long as you don't cross into any areas where radio is required? (thus effectively rendering 3.(3) above superfluous)
I understand that as long as you remain in class E and G airspace, I don't actually have to talk to anyone; would I still be legally required to carry a radio?
Ignore the other airspace classes for now, as C has mandatory radio communication and F has its own can-of-worms rules in Germany, and neither A or B are used at all (class F is about to be discontinued and replaced with class G and a Radio Mandatory Zone in accordance with EU regulation 923/2012 "SERA")