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Guidance concerning Air Navigation in and above the NAT MNPSA

North Atlantic Region and which highlights many of the common operational errors and discusses their causes. This DVD ROM, like this Manual, is aimed at pilots, dispatchers and others concerned in operations in the North Atlantic. It is available at no charge to bona fide operators on application to: customerhelp@nats.co.uk.

As part of the continuing development within the operating environment of NAT MNPS Airspace, various trials take place in the NAT from time to time. Some of these trials require the assistance of operators and pilots. For a listing of current trials (if any) and participation details etc., reference should be made to the AIS documentation of NAT ATS Provider States. Details may also be found on the above-mentioned ICAO Paris website.

NORTH ATLANTIC MINIMUM NAVIGATION PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS AIRSPACE

The vertical dimension of MNPS Airspace is between FL285 and FL420 (i.e. in terms of normally used cruising levels, from FL290 to FL410 inclusive).

The lateral dimensions include the following Control Areas (CTAs):

REYKJAVIK, SHANWICK, GANDER and SANTA MARIA OCEANIC plus the portion of NEW YORK OCEANIC which is North of 27°N but excluding the area which is west of 60°W & south of 38°30'N

Some idea of these dimensions can be obtained from the maps on the cover of this document and those in Chapters 2 and 3. However, for specific dimensions, reference should be made to ICAO Regional Supplementary Procedures (Doc.7030) - NAT/RAC (available at http://www.paris.icao.int/).

Pilots MUST NOT fly across the North Atlantic within MNPS Airspace, nor at flight levels 290 to 410 inclusive anywhere within the NAT Region, unless they are in possession of the appropriate Approval(s) issued by the State of Registry or the State of the Operator.

The North Atlantic is the busiest oceanic

crossed

the

North

Atlantic.

For

the

airspace in most part

the in

world. In 2008 approximately 425,000 flights the North Atlantic, Direct Controller Pilot

Communications (DCPC) and ATS Surveillance are unavailable. Aircraft hence safety are nevertheless ensured by demanding the highest standards navigation performance/accuracy and of operating discipline. Within NAT

separation assurance and of horizontal and vertical MNPS Airspace a formal

Approval Process by aircraft meet defined adopted.

the State of Registry MNPS Standards and

of the aircraft or the that appropriate crew

State of the Operator ensures that procedures and training have been

NAT Doc 007

III

Edition 2010

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