|News and Information for FltPlan Users • April 29, 2015|
ICAO Equipment Suffixes: “Where did my /Q go? It’s showing /M!”
Every so often FltPlan receives a flurry of questions about ICAO equipment suffixes and wake turbulence categories. It’s important to note that filing an ICAO format flight plan does not necessarily mean filing an international flight plan. ICAO format is a format, and has nothing to do with where you are going. In 2012 the FAA started requiring ICAO format flight plans on all domestic flights using RNAV departures and arrivals. The FAA plans to eliminate Domestic format flight plans for civil aircraft on October 1, 2015.
When filing ICAO format, the equipment is entered in the equipment box (versus right after the aircraft type), and appears as a string of letters in the equipment box. So a Challenger 601 with standard equipment (which is VHF, ADF, VOR, ILS) and DME, HF Radio, RVSM, and RNP certification, and Mode S transponder would look like this: CL60/M - SDHRWZ/S (Fig. 1). If you're flying a Piper Saratoga with standard equipment (VHF, ADF, VOR, ILS) and DME, GPS, point-to-point RNAV capability, and a Mode C transponder it would look like this: PA32/L - SDGZ/C. (Fig. 2)
When talking to ATC about aircraft equipment, it's necessary to specify whether you're referring to ICAO or Domestic format. Here's why: Government computers are currently translating ICAO format flight plans back into Domestic format to send to Air Traffic Controllers. The change to ICAO formatting is part of a huge transition to the ERAM (En Route Automation Modernization) system. Because of the many computer networks involved in ATC, the changeover to the use of ICAO data will be in the works for quite some time. If you are PDC (Pre-Departure Clearance) capable, you'll also notice that your filed ICAO equipment information has been translated back into the Domestic format.
FltPlan’s SMS Service Includes Canada
FltPlan’s comprehensive SMS (Safety Management System) program meets Canada’s requirements for turbine equipment. Among the many features of FltPlan’s SMS program are:
For those unfamiliar with SMS, it is a systematic approach to managing the day-to-day hazards and risks associated with running a safe flight operation. It also sets into place a program that engages both management and employees in the quest to constantly improve the safety of their operation. One of the byproducts is that you will soon see that enhanced safety leads to a better quality operation and a cost benefit.
82.8% of all flight plans for Embraer Phenom 100s and 300s filed with an N# were filed by FltPlan in March 2015.
New Pilot Customizable Color-Coded METARs Display on FltPlan Go for iPad
Our latest FltPlan Go for iPad feature is the color-coded display of METARs on the Maps. This great addition to our rapidly improving FltPlan Go app is an industry first, that allows a pilot to determine his/her own criteria for checking weather conditions, including winds and temperatures. Whether you’re a corporate or private pilot, this is a valuable tool for you.
New VFR Capability for FltPlan Users
FltPlan is now filing VFR flight plans in and out of the Washington DC SFRA zone.
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