International Civil Aviation Organization flight plan changes
On 15 November 2012, changes to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) flight notification form and flight planning procedures were implemented. They affect all airspace users who file flight plans and the air traffic management (ATM) systems that process those flight plans.
What you need to know
Operators need to be aware of the new flight planning form and the changes to the descriptors used in the various equipment fields. In particular, Flight Notification Block 10 indicates that:
- designated equipment is fitted to the aircraft and is serviceable
- equipment and flight crew are qualified for the intended operation
- the crew (or AOC holder) hold the required navigation authorisations.
Smaller operators who use the flight planning capability on the Airservices website should be aware of the changes.
In particular, changes to STS/entries in ‘Item 18 Other Information’ will be significant; for example, SARTIME. Additionally, Estimated Time of Departure will be replaced by Estimated Off-Block Time (EOBT).
To prepare for flight planning in the new format, Airservices Australia has developed the following to assist with flight planning:
For further information view the En Route information in the Aeronautical Information Package (AIP) on the Airservices website. The relevant details are provided under ENR 1.10 Flight Planning.
GNSS flight plan entries
For aircraft equipped with stand-alone GNSS and meeting the requirements for RNP 2, RNP 1 and RNP APCH – LNAV, the following is a guide to the flight plan entries required for the navigation elements:
G is required to indicate GNSS R is required to indicate PBN and Z is required to indicate there is additional information in Item 18; R requires corresponding entries in Item 18.
S for standard equipment now does not include ADF; F must be added separately if the aircraft is equipped with ADF.
Add PBN/ O2S1 for RNP 1 and RNP APCH – LNAV.
Add NAV/ RNP2 for RNP 2.