Changes to ICAO Flight Plans Coming in November

ICAO is making several changes to its flight plan form, effective November 15, 2012. You can read about the changes on the FAA website, here.

Although most U.S. pilots still use the FAA flight plan form, ICAO IFR flight plans are required if you want automatic assignment of RNAV SIDs and STARs.

Changes coming this fall include:

  • 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), Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C), and 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).
  • Specific format for aerodromes not listed in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).
  • Delay (DLA), Change (CHG), Cancel (CNL) and Arrival (ARR) message formats.
  • Ability to file a flight plan up to 120 hours prior to departure.