Air traffic services flight plan
1.1.1 Air Traffic Services flight plan
An ATS Flight Plan (AFP) (appendix xx) has to be submitted prior to operating a flight provided with ATS. The AFP has to be submitted to an ATS reporting office. The ATS can determine slot times in which the aircraft can depart and is allowed to manoeuvre in airspace in order to create a good flow of air traffic. The main difference with an OFP is that the OFP is used by pilots and an AFP is used by the ATS. A flight plan has to be filled in consistent to the prescribed formats and manner of specifying data. The AFP consists of several items which have to be completed, the items which need additional information are:
- Addressee, filing time and originator
- Item 7: Aircraft identification
- Item 8: Flight rules and type of flight
- Item 9: Number and type of aircraft and wake turbulence category
- Item 10: Equipment
- Item 13: Departure aerodrome and time
- Item 15: Route
- Item 16: Destination aerodrome and total estimated elapsed time, alt. aerodrome(s)
- Item 18: Other information
- Item 19: Supplementary information
Ad1 Addressee, filing time and originator
The name of agencies of which have an interest with the route of flight have to be inserted in the available space. The filing time, which is the day and time on which the AFP is filed, has to be inserted. The originator is the person or station who sends in the AFP and has to be filled in, in the available space
Ad2 Item 7: Aircraft identification
Insert the aircraft's registration marking (e.g. PH-ALA) or the ICAO designator for the aircraft operating agency followed by the flight identification (e.g. VO601).
Ad3 Item 8: Flight rules and type of flight
Insert the character which represents the flight rules with which the pilot intends to comply, for example I for IFR. For the type of flight a character will have to be inserted which complies with the type of flight for example S for scheduled air service.
Ad4 Item 9: Number and type of aircraft and wake turbulence category
The number of aircraft and the appropriate designator for the type of aircraft has to be inserted (e.g.B772 for the boeing 777-206ER). Also the wake turbulence category has to be filled in with one character complying with the aircraft its wake turbulence category (e.g. heavy (H)).
Ad5 Item 10: Equipment
The aircraft its radio communication, navigation and approach aid equipment has to be inserted by filling in the right characters for each system. For example S if standard communication and navigation equipment is available.
Ad 6 Item 13: Departure aerodrome and time
The four-letter ICAO location indicator of the departure aerodrome and the estimated off-block time has to be inserted.
Ad7 Item 15: Route
The first or the whole cruising speed and cruising level has to be inserted. The cruising speed has to be the TAS in kilometers per hour, knots or mach number. The planned cruising level has to be in terms of flight level, standard metric level in tens of meters or hundreds of feet. Also the designator of the first ATS route has to be included.
Ad8 Item 16: Destination aerodrome and total estimated elapsed time, alt. aerodrome(s)
The four-letter ICAO location indicator of the destination aerodrome and the total estimated elapsed time, which is the estimated time from the first point of the route to which the flight plan applies, has to be inserted. Also the ICAO location indicator of the alternate destination aerodromes has to be included.
Ad9 Item 18: Other information
Necessary information for the flight has to be inserted in the form of the appropriate indicator. When there is no other information 0 (zero) has to be filled in. For example the aircraft's performance data if prescribed by the ATS authority.
Ad10 Item 19: Supplementary information
Information such as the fuel, endurance in time, amount of persons on board and the emergency and survival equipment has to be filled in.
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