Project AS 10/02 - Clarification of compliance with Flight Rules
Project closed 24 June 2016.
Project AS 10/02 - Clarification of compliance with Flight Rules was registered in January 2010. The intent of the project was to clarify in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and associated documents the ability for a pilot to change a flight’s operating flight rules (IFR or VFR) by amending the flight plan rather than cancelling or closing it.
CASA has determined that there is no longer an imperative to make the changes proposed in the project and that existing flight planning requirements adequately cover the scenario mentioned in the project’s original intent.
In Australia, there is a historical ambiguity, or confusion, between filing an IFR flight plan (notification) and actual flight operating rules (ie. Instrument flight rules or visual flight rules). This needs to be clarified, and particularly in the Australian Aeronautical Information Package (AIP).
The available provision to nominate, on a flight plan notification, VFR for first or last legs of a flight does not cover the various options which are, or become, available during a flight and tends to only be used for IFR flight which rely on VMC for the last routes segment as a instrument arrival is not possible.
The procedure detail for "IFR pickup" has been removed from the AIP. This project does not propose to resurrect the phrase, but expand the availability and flexibility which was the original intent.
With the integrated flight notification and air traffic control systems (civil and military) in Australia, consideration must be given to the interaction between the pilot in command and the air traffic control systems, particularly if a flight notification (FPL) has been lodged. It must be clear that, for example, a "temporary" change to compliance with the VFR rather than the notified IFR is "until further notice". This can be in any phase of flight - climb, cruise or descent.
It must be also clear to pilots and ATC that the air traffic services provided are those applicable to the flight rules AND the Class of airspace, and not to the expected flight rules nominated on the flight plan notification.
This project aims to clarify in the AIP and associated documents that:
- A pilot electing to operate in compliance with difference flight rules (eg. IFR to VFR) is merely amending the flight plan not cancelling or closing it; and
- The air traffic control services provided to the flight are in accordance with the flight rules adopted at the time and Class of airspace.
The reference documents for pilots - the AIP, and the matching documents for ATS - MATS, must be amended to clearly make the distinction between flight notification and flight rule being complied with, and the consequent air traffic services provided to the flight during that part of the flight.
This project was approved by Peter Boyd, Executive Manager Standards Development & Future Technology Division on 7 January 2010.
Project Leader: Alan Bridges, OAR Safety Specialist
Project Sponsor: Peter Cromarty, Executive Manager, Airspace and Aerodrome Regulation
Standards Development Contact: Nick Fisher
Standards Consultative Committee (SCC)
|Consultation updates in 2016|
|Project AS 10/02 - Clarification of compliance with Flight Rules||Project closed.||24 June 2016|
|Consultation updates in 2010|
|Project AS 10/02 - Clarification of compliance with Flight Rules - Refer full title in project page||Project approved.||8 Jan 2010|