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U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Aviation Administration

 

 

United States Implementation of the
ICAO Flight Plan (FPL) 2012

1. Overview of the Change

1.1 The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed to make changes to the content and format of the ICAO flight plan form (FPL). These changes become globally applicable on 15 November 2012, although many States will accept the NEW format prior to that date. Coincident with these changes the FAA is amending its flight planning requirements.

In this notice, PRESENT refers to the current ICAO flight planning provisions, which will no longer be applicable after 15 November 2012. NEW refers to the ICAO flight planning provisions, as detailed in Amendment 1 to the Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Air Traffic Management (PANS­ATM, Doc 4444), 15th Edition.

1.2 Operators who file a NAS flight plan/FAA Form 7233­1 today may continue to do so. Operators are reminded that flights requesting assignment of RNAV routing, Reduced Vertical Separation Minima, or routing outside of domestic United States airspace must file an ICAO flight plan/FAA Form 7233­4.

1.3 Starting 15 November at 0000 UTC, operators who file an ICAO flight plan/FAA Form 7233­4 will be required to file using the NEW format. See paragraph 2 below.

1.4 FAA-specific information regarding the amendment, including updated guidance on filing an ICAO flight plan, can be found at http://www.faa.gov/go/fpl2012 .

1.5 Information from ICAO regarding Amendment 1 to the Procedures for Air Navigation Services — Air Traffic Management, Fifteenth Edition (PANS­ATM, Doc 4444) is available at http://www2.icao.int/en/FITS/FITSLibrary/

1.6 An ICAO website, called the Flight Plan Implementation Tracking System (FITS), has been created to help Air Navigation Service Providers and airspace users by providing information about the amendment and a means to monitor the implementation status of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs): http://www2.icao.int/en/FITS/Pages/home.aspx

2. Requirement

2.1 For flights operating within FAA airspace: 


• Beginning
12 November 2012 at 0000 UTC, all ICAO flight plans for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) or Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flights, should be filed using the NEW content and format that is described at http://www.faa.gov/go/fpl2012 .

• Flight plans filed using the PRESENT content and format will continue to be accepted until
0000 UTC on 15 November 2012.

• IFR or VFR flight plans using the PRESENT content and format, which are filed after 15 November 2012 0000 UTC, will not be accepted.

2.2 Operators are reminded that
the FAA Air Traffic Control System accepts IFR flight plans filed up to 24 hours in advance of the Estimated Off­Block Time (EOBT). This requirement will remain valid after
15 November 2012. Flight plans filed with ATC more than 24 hours in advance will be rejected.

3. Preparation for Implementation

3.1 The FAA will conduct several test periods. Flight plan filers can find information on registering for test activities at http://www.faa.gov/go/fpl2012 . Operators are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the provided test opportunities to ensure their flight plans will be accepted in the operational system.

3.2 Starting on or about September 15th, the FAA anticipates entering transition mode for FPL 2012. In transition mode, flight plans can be filed in either NEW or PRESENT format. Specific details will be provided when they become available at http://www.faa.gov/go/fpl2012 and in a revision to this notice.

During the transition period (prior to 15 November 2012), operators are responsible for transmitting the appropriate flight plan content and format accepted by the Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSP) that will provide services in the airspace where the flight will take place. To obtain this information, consult the ICAO Flight Plan Implementation Tracking System (FITS) website (http://www2.icao.int/en/FITS/Pages/home.aspx). Also, consult the applicable Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP) for the official notifications provided by States.

3.3 By 12 November 2012, filers should transition to the NEW format to ensure that their flight plans will be accepted in NEW format, and to ensure that no PRESENT format plans will be in the system on 15 November.

(AJE - 36,Technical Performance Group 07/27/12)