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Guidance concerning Air Navigation in and above the NAT MNPSA

ATTACHMENT 4

ATTACHMENT 4 – ICAO FPL COMPLETION FOR A NAT FLIGHT

1.

Introduction

This document outlines the requirements and procedures necessary for the correct filing of flight plans for flights operating in the North Atlantic Region. It includes examples of the more common errors which lead to a failure of automatic processing of these flight plans. Information is also provided on the availability of Flight Levels at various times.

This document is for guidance only and must be read in conjunction with the following publications, which detail the regulatory material relating to North Atlantic aircraft operations:

ICAO PANS/ATM (DOC 4444). ICAO Regional Supplementary Procedures (DOC 7030/4). UK CAP 694 – “The UK Flight Plan Guide”.

Relevant parts of State Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP) and Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC).

  • 2.

    General

    • 2.1

      General Principles

      • (a)

        USE BLOCK CAPITALS;

      • (b)

        Adhere to the prescribed formats and manner of specifying data;

      • (c)

        Insert all clock times and estimated elapsed times, in hours and minutes, as four figures, UTC, or as six digits if including the date;

      • (d)

        Shaded areas preceding Item 3 to be completed by ATS and COM services; Fields 3 to 19 to be completed only as indicated below.

  • 3.

    Instructions for the Completion of the Flight Plan Message

    • 3.1

      Message Envelope:

The Message Envelope is that part of the flight plan outside the open and close brackets. It should not contain any information other than the Annex 10 message header and optional extra addresses (for IFPS, see below). Any other information inserted into the message envelope will invalidate the entire message and prevent its correct processing.

Message addressing

Flight plans for flights operating to or from the IFPS zone in Europe should be filed with IFPS, not the individual NAT centres. However, with the exception of the Santa Maria FIR and Bodö FIR, the NAT region lies outside the IFPS zone. When submitting flight plans for trans-Atlantic flights to IFPS, operators should therefore specify the relevant NAT centre(s) using the IFPS "extra address" feature. Note that flight plans for flights not entering the IFPS zone will not be accepted by IFPS and should therefore be sent directly to the relevant centre(s).

3.2

General Message Content

The letter “O” and the digit “0” are not interchangeable. Inappropriate use of these characters will prevent the correct processing of the flight plan.

NAT Doc 007

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Edition 2010

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