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News and Information for FltPlan Users      •     November 8, 2018
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If Your Aircraft is Non-RVSM, Make Sure Your Equipment Code Reflects It

We’ve been hearing of pilots getting in trouble with the FAA/ATC for going into RVSM airspace when their aircraft is not authorized.

Whether your aircraft has not yet received RVSM authorization or you have a maintenance issue that forces the aircraft into non–RVSM status, don’t forget to remove the equipment qualifier of "W" (indicating RVSM capability) in your ICAO data. Some operators erroneously believe they can enter "not RVSM capable" in the REMARKS section. Comments in the REMARKS do not over-ride what you have entered as your equipment code. You will be held accountable to what your equipment code says in the flight plan and not your comments in the REMARKS section. If your aircraft becomes non–RVSM capable, for whatever reason, you must remove the "W" before you create the flight plan. This is easily accomplished with by going to Settings > A/C ICAO Data and making sure RVSM is not selected. will take care of the rest.

If you’re still using Domestic Format, then go to Settings > Edit Aircraft, and make sure you do not have /L /W or /Z as your equipment code.

How FltPlan helps: If you see an RVSM message next to your flight plan on the Active Flight Plan List, take the time to read what it says.

  • FltPlan will give you a message when RVSM comments in the REMARKS section conflict with your equipment codes.

  • If your equipment code does not show RVSM, but you file for an altitude of FL290 or above, FltPlan will give you a warning about your equipment code.

Let's keep the phones (yours and ours) from ringing with a call from the FAA. Don't fly in RVSM airspace when you shouldn't.

Let FltPlan Help You Comply with Mexican APIS

As you may know, Mexico requires pilots to submit electronic Advanced Passenger Information (APIS) to the Mexican government before every flight entering or exiting Mexico. FltPlan’s Mexican APIS service can help you comply.

With this add–on to our U.S. eAPIS service, FltPlan will submit your Mexican APIS electronically and provide you with a special call–in phone number. This way you can comply with Mexican requirements for sending your electronic APIS manifest after the cabin door is closed. Other companies require the pilot to make this last–minute submission manually from a website.

Whether you fly a C172 or a Gulfstream V, you need to submit your manifest. Fines from the Mexican government can be as much as $5,000 (U.S. dollars).

FltPlan was the first organization to be certified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for our successful U.S. eAPIS service, and we are also an approved provider of APIS data to the Mexican government.

If you are flying to or from Mexico, avoid a $5,000 fine. Contact FltPlan’s Premium Services office at 1–731–855–8000 to enroll in our Mexican APIS program.

FltPlan Stats

In October, FltPlan filed 95.1% of all N# flight plans for Beechjet 400s & 400XPs

GoGo Air

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