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Domestic ICAO Flight Plan Help

7. Aircraft Identification

The aircraft identification can consist of no more than 7 characters where the first character is alphabetic followed by up to 6 alphanumeric characters. The ID can be registration markings, call signs, or aircraft operating agency designators followed by the flight identification. (e.g. N12345A, OOTEK, KLM111)

8a. Flight Rules

Specify IFR or VFR only. DVFR is not an option.

Note: VFR not currently available.

8bType of Flight

Select one of the following from the drop-down menu

· General Aviation (G)

· Scheduled Service (S)

· Non-Scheduled Air Transport (N)

· Military (M)

· Other (X)

9. Aircraft Type
Enter FAA/ICAO designator for Aircraft Type, (e.g. C172) If the designator is not known enter the aircraft manufacture name to search for the assigned designator.

http://www.duats.com/actypesearch.html

If there is no approved type designator for the aircraft is found, insert the characters ZZZZ and enter the aircraft type in Field 18 after "TYP/".

9c. Wake Turbulence Category

Specify one -

Heavy – Greater than 300,000 lbs. maximum certificated take-off weight

Medium – Between 15,000 and 300,000 lbs. maximum certificated take-off weight

Light – Less than 15,000 lbs. maximum certificated take-off weight

10. Equipment

Equipment Status

Entering operable equipment into block 10 must be in the following format:

COM and NAV/Transponder and ADS

Examples: SLGRZ/A NG/A SGRL/AD

For navigation equipment, specify Equipment Status as one of:

  • Equipment installed as listed
  • Standard, Operable (S)
  • No equipment (N)

Equipment installed as listed, select from the list each of the types of navigation equipment that is installed and operable

Standard, Operable select from the list each additional type of navigation equipment that is installed and operable. Standard equipment is considered to be VHF RTF, ADF, VOR and ILS, unless another combination is prescribed by the appropriate ATS authority.

No equipment in the Equipment Status field, you must not select any specific types of navigation equipment. If you specify Equipment installed as listed at right, you must select at least one type of navigation equipment from the list.

Equipment Installed

If you specify “Equipment installed as listed”, select from the list each of the types of navigation equipment that is installed and operable.

If you specify “standard, Operable “, you may select additional equipment from the list each of the types of navigation equipment that is installed and operable. Standard equipment is considered to be VHF RTF, ADF, VOR and ILS, unless another combination is prescribed by the appropriate ATS authority.

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You can select one or more of the following letters to indicate the COM/NAV/ approach aid equipment is available and serviceable:

A (Not allocated)

I Inertial Navigation

R RNP10 –Note 5

B (Not allocated)

J (Data Link-Note 3)

T TACAN

C LORAN C

K MLS

U UHF RTF

D DME

L ILS

V VHF RTF

E (Not allocated)

M Omega

W RVSM

F ADF

O VOR

X MNPS

G (GNSS)

P (Not Allocated)

Y (Not Allocated)

H HF RTF

Q (Not Allocated)

Z Other equipment carried

(See note 2)

Note 2: If the letter Z is used, specify in Item 18 the other equipment carried, preceded by COM/ and/or NAV/, as appropriate.

Note 3: If the letter J is used, specify in Item 18 the equipment carried, preceded by DAT/ followed by one or more letters, as appropriate.

Note 4: Information on navigation capability is provided to ATC for clearance and routing purposes.

Note 5: Inclusion of letter R indicates that an aircraft meets the RNP type prescribed for the route segment(s) and/or route(s) concerned.

Transponder

Select one of the appropriate transponder from the drop-down menu

  • N: No Transponder
  • A: Mode A - 4096 codes
  • C: Mode A - 4096 codes with mode C
  • X: Mode S - no pressure alt., no aircraft ID
  • P: Mode S - with pressure alt., no aircraft ID
  • I: Mode S - no pressure alt., with aircraft ID
  • S: Mode S - with pressure alt. and aircraft ID

If your aircraft is equipped with ADS equipment, check the "ADS capable" box; D will be appended to the transponder type.

13. Departure Point and Destination

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The departure point, destination point, and alternate airport given for an ICAO flight plan must be four letter ICAO international airport identifiers.

For airports in the continental United States, prefix the three-letter identifier with a 'K' - for example, SFO must be entered as KSFO. Airports in Alaska and Hawaii should utilize the appropriate international identifier - for example, ANC must be entered as PANC and PHKO instead of KOA. ICAO airport identifiers for US airports may be recognized as follows:

  • Continental US - Kxxx (e.g., use KSFO for SFO)
  • Alaska - PAxx, POxx, PPxx (e.g., use PANC for ANC)
  • Hawaii - PHxx (e.g., use PHKO for KOA))
  • Puerto Rico - TJxx (e.g., use TJVQ for VQS, TJFA for X95)
  • US Virgin Islands - TIxx (use TIST for STT, TISX for STX)

For US airports with identifiers that contain one or more digits such as 1C9 or 5CA3, or an airport in Alaska, Puerto Rico, or Hawaii that does not have a designated international identifier, you must enter ZZZZ as your departure point. Then, in the Remarks section, Block 18 enter the airport identifier of the airport you're actually departing by entering DEP/arpt – where “arpt” is the actual departure

  • DEP/arpt - departure airport
  • EXAMPLE: DEP/1C9

Proposed Departure Time

  • Enter estimated time of departure (UTC)
  • Enter HHMM, where HH is hour and MM is minute (e.g., 2130) and select a timezone option.
  • Enter MMMM, where MMMM is the number of minutes past the current time (e.g., 45) and select "Minutes from now" option. Valid numbers are from 0 to 1439 minutes. Please note the lower limit is 10 minutes. For example, if you enter 3, your departure time is calculated to be 10 minutes.

    NOTE: All flight plans filed, amended or canceled must be submitted sufficiently far in advance of the proposed departure time to allow for processing. Flight plans will NOT be accepted if it is too close to flight departure time (e.g., less than 30 minutes before departure.

NOTE: If departure time is less than current time, DUAT will file the flight plan for the following day (e.g., if the time is 9/19/90 2200 UTC, then plans submitted for 1800 UTC will be sent for 9/20/90)

NOTE: Flight plans filed between 60 and 30 minutes before departure are transmitted immediately.

15a. True Airspeed

  • Enter an airspeed in knots between 09 and 1000 (e.g., 115)
  • Enter a mach speed as a M followed by a number, representing hundredths of a mach, between 1 and 500
    (e.g., M75 is 75 hundredths of a mach (.75 mach))

15b. Cruising Altitude

Enter cruising altitude as a 2 or 3 digit number representing hundreds of feet, with a minimum altitude of 1,000 feet. For example, enter 10 for 1,000 feet, 120 for 12,000 feet, 390 for FL390. The following non-ICAO altitude formats are permissible entries for field 15b in the Domestic ICAO flight plan only:

  • - OTP(VFR on Top) - "OTP/" followed by the OTP altitude (e.g., "OTP/120")
  • - VFR(Visual Flight Rules) - "VFR/" follewed by the VFR altitude (e.g, "VFR/085)
  • - ABV(Above an Altitude) - "ABV/" followed by the ABV altitude (e.g, "ABV/330)
  • - Block Altitude - int the format "dddBddd" where the 1st "ddd" is lower altitude of the block and the 2nd "ddd" is the higher altitude of the block (e.g.,"210B290")

15c. Route of Flight

 Leave blank or DIRECT for great circle routing.

 Enter a sequence of route elements separated by SPACES.

Route elements can consist of the following in any valid sequence:
AIRPORT 2 to 4 alphanumerics
NAVAID 2 to 3 alphanumerics
FIX 5 alphanumerics
AIRWAY 2 to 4 alphanumerics
SID (Standard Instrument Departure Route) (e.g., SUMMA2 SUMMA)
STAR (Standard Arrival Route (e.g., IRONS IRONS2)
PUBLISHED RADIAL (6 to 7 alphanumerics)

- 3 characters followed by 3 digits
- 4 characters followed by 3 digits

fix radial distance (eight to eleven characters)

- two to five character navigational aid id, followed by 3 digit degrees magnetic and 3 digit distance in nautical miles with no spaces between characters

latitude/longitude (ddNdddW or ddmmNdddmmW). Insert zeroes when necessary to make up 7 or 11 characters, e.g. 46N078W, 4620N07805W

- North latitudes and West longitudes only

En Route Delays

- consists of an element separator (/), followed by the letter D, followed by the hours and minutes separated by a plus sign (+). For example: a fifteen minute enroute delay at Nottingham VORTAC is typed OTT/D0+15.

16. Destination

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The departure point, destination point, and alternate airport given for an ICAO flight plan must be four letter ICAO international airport identifiers.

For airports in the continental United States, prefix the three-letter identifier with a 'K' - for example, SFO must be entered as KSFO. Airports in Alaska and Hawaii should utilize the appropriate international identifier - for example, ANC must be entered as PANC and PHKO instead of KOA. ICAO airport identifiers for US airports may be recognized as follows:

  • Continental US - Kxxx (e.g., use KSFO for SFO)
  • Alaska - PAxx, POxx, PPxx (e.g., use PANC for ANC)
  • Hawaii - PHxx (e.g., use PHKO for KOA))
  • Puerto Rico - TJxx (e.g., use TJVQ for VQS, TJFA for X95)
  • US Virgin Islands - TIxx (use TIST for STT, TISX for STX)

For US airports with identifiers that contain one or more digits such as 1C9 or 5CA3, or an airport in Alaska, Puerto Rico, or Hawaii that does not have a designated international identifier, you must enter ZZZZ as your destination point. Then, in the Remarks section, Block 18 enter the airport identifier of the airport you're actually destination by entering DEST/arpt – where “arpt” is the actual destination

  • DEST/arpt - departure airport
  • EXAMPLE: DEST/1C9

IFR Alternate Airport Requirements

Refer to Destination for procedures on entering Alternate(s) airports.

Alternate airports are not required for VFR or DVFR flight plans.

IFR Alternate Is Required If Destination ...

1 hour before to
1 hour after
scheduled arrival

ceiling below
2,000 feet

or

visibility below
3 statute miles

Alternate Minimums

Precision Approach

Non-precision Approach

No Approaches (VFR)

ceiling 600 feet
visibility 2 miles
or better

ceiling 800 feet
visibility 2 miles
or better

descent from MEA
and landing
under basic VFR

This is a summary of 14CFR 91.169 - see the regulation for full details.

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Est. Time Enroute

· Enter estimated time enroute as 'HHMM' (e.g., 0215)

18. Other Information Remark

· Leave it blank if no other information,

· OR, any other desired/necessary information in the preferred sequence grouped 1, 2, and 3. Use the form of the appropriate indicator followed by an oblique stroke and the information to be recorded:

Note: Use only alpha, numeric & "/" when entering information

GROUP 1

· NAV/ Significant data related to navigation equipment as required by the appropriate ATS authority, e.g. NAV/INS, NAV/RNV

If you are RNAV 1 and/or RNAV 2 capable and want to file RNAV Departure and or Arrival procedures, you must:

1. Enter in Item 10, Equipment – In addition to identifying all available and serviceable communication, navigation, approach aid and surveillance equipment carried on your aircraft, insert the character “Z”.

2. Enter in Item 18, Other InformationInsert “NAV/RNV” followed by the appropriate RNAV accuracy value(s) per the following:

o To be assigned an RNAV 1 STAR, insert the characters “A1”.

o To be assigned an RNAV 1 SID, insert the characters “D1”.

o To be assigned en route extensions and/or RNAV PTP, insert the characters “E2”.

Examples: NAV/RNVD1
NAV/RNVA1
NAV/RNVE2
NAV/RNVD1A1

If you are RNAV PTP capable but not RNAV 1 and/or RNAV 2 capable, you must:

1. Enter in Item 10, Equipment – In addition to identifying all available and serviceable communication, navigation, approach aid and surveillance equipment carried on your aircraft, insert the character “Z”.

2. Enter in Item 18, Other InformationInsert “RMK/PTP” and “NAV/RNVE99”

Example: RMK/PTP NAV/RNVE99

· RMK/ Any other plain language remarks when required by the appropriate ATS authority or deemed necessary.

GROUP 2

· DEP/ Name of departure aerodrome, if ZZZZ is inserted in Item 13, or the ICAO four-letter location indicator of the location of the ATS unit from which supplementary flight plan data can be obtained, if AFIL is inserted in Item 13.

· DEST/ Name of destination aerodrome, if ZZZZ is inserted in Item 16.

· ALTN/ Name of destination alternate aerodrome(s), if ZZZZ is inserted in Item 16.

· RALT/ Name of en route alternate aerodrome(s).

GROUP 3

· EET/ Significant points or FIR boundary designators and accumulated estimated elapsed times to such points or FIR boundaries, when so prescribed on the basis of regional air navigation agreements, or by the appropriate ATS authority. Examples: EET/CAP 0745 XYZ0830

· RIF/ The route details to the revised destination aerodrome, followed by the ICAO four-letter location indicator of the aerodrome. The revised route is subject to re-clearance in flight. Examples: RIF/DTA HEC KLAX RIF/ESP G94 CLA APPH RIF/LEMD

· REG/ The registration markings of the aircraft, if different from the aircraft identification in Item 7.

· SEL/ SELCAL Code, if so prescribed by the appropriate ATS authority. OPR/ Name of the operator, if not obvious from the aircraft identification in Item 7.

· STS/ Reason for special handling by ATS, e.g. hospital aircraft, one engine inoperative, e.g. STS/HOSP, STS/ONE ENG INOP.

· TYP/ Type(s) of aircraft, preceded if necessary by number(s) of aircraft, if ZZZZ is inserted in Item 9.

· PER/ Aircraft performance data, if so prescribed by the appropriate ATS authority.

· COM/ Significant data related to communication equipment as required by the appropriate ATS authority, e.g. COM/UHF only.

· DAT/ Significant data related to data link capability, using one or more of the letters, S, H, V, and M, e.g. DAT/S for satellite data link, DAT/H for HF data link, DAT/V for VHF data link, DAT/M for SSR Mode S data link.

19. Supplementary Information

Supplementary information is neither required nor desired in filing a Domestic FPL.

Fuel on Board

Enter fuel endurance in hours and minutes as 'HHMM' (e.g., 0215)

Number Aboard

INSERT the total number of persons (passengers and crew) on board, when required by the appropriate ATS authority. INSERT TBN (to be notified) if the total number of persons is not known at the time of filing

Color of Aircraft

Enter color of aircraft - 12 characters maximum.
Example: 'R' or 'RED' or 'R/BK' or 'RED/BLACK'

Emergency Equipment

Check zero or more boxes in each category to indicate the type(s) of Emergency Radio, Survival Equipment, and Life Jackets available.

Dinghies

Indicate the number of dinghies on board (leave blank if zero), whether or not the dinghies are covered, the total capacity of the dinghies, and the color of the dinghies. Note that the dinghy color is only four characters, so enter only the dominant color of the dinghy, i.e., enter "Y" for yellow.

Safety Equipment Remarks

Leave blank if no remark, or INDICATE any other survival equipment and any other remarks regarding survival equipment following N/. i.e., enter "N/...". (Use only alpha, numberic & "/")