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Newsletter - October 31st, 2012

FltPlan.com is Ready for ICAO 2012
The November 15th deadline for using the new ICAO format flight plans is right around the corner. FltPlan.com users can now start entering the required data for flight plans for ERAM 2012. FltPlan.com will use the new format for filing flight plans starting on November 1st, enabling you to meet the FAA deadline.
 
This is a change from the existing ICAO format. According to the FAA in 2012, the Item and Field contents of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Filed Flight Plan (FPL) and related messages will be changed. The PRESENT ICAO flight plan will not be supported after November 15, 2012.
 
What this simply means is that you will have to update your ICAO Data, or you will not be eligible for assignment of RNAV SIDs & STARs, and RNAV enroute routing.
 
Changes include (among others):
  • Additional alphanumeric qualifiers in Item 10 (Equipment and Capabilities) that reflect enhancements to operational capabilities in ground-based and satellite-based navigation and surveillance equipment. The new qualifiers cover equipment for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), Controller Pilot Data Link Future Air Navigation System (CPDLC-FANS), as well as, several other qualifier additions and deletions.

  • Significant changes to Item 18 (Other Information), including formatting, indicator definitions, specific grammar for special handling, and new Performance Based Navigation (PBN/) qualifiers for Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP).

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    As the largest flight planning company in North America, FltPlan.com is very aware of the new changes that will are taking place, and we have created a simple process for compliance. Just go to the A/C ICAO Data on the left side of the Main Menu page, and follow the accompanying instructions.
     

     

     
    If you have difficulties on what to enter, send us an email with your username and which aircraft (tail number) you are working on and we will try to help. Since we do not have access to your aircraft or documentation, our answers will be limited to what you tell us. Please include a phone number in case we need to contact you directly. In many cases, a call to your avionics dealer or the aircraft manufacturer that installed the equipment may provide the answer you are looking for.


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