ICAO Flight Planning modifications for 2012
Are you ready for ICAO 2012 flight plan changes?
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The amendments to flight plan content announced by ICAO for worldwide implementation in November 2012 go to the very core of flight plan processing.
"The nature and scope of the amendment is to update the ICAO model flight plan form in order to meet the needs of aircraft with advanced capabilities and the evolving requirements of automated air traffic management (ATM) systems, while taking into account compatibility with existing systems, human factors, training, cost and transition aspects."
ICAO State Letter (AN 13/2.1-08/50) - 25 June 2008
Significant changes to data structures, in particular in the syntax of flight planning messages, the use of new indications in Europe and the update of Air Traffic Services Data EXchange Presentation (ADEXP) specification as well as the On-Line Data Interchange (OLDI) Specification will affect all systems and some operational procedures.
Enabler for the use of advanced CNS capabilities
These changes to PANS-ATM are an important enabler for the use of advanced Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) capabilities.
They provide the ability to distinguish the traffic on the basis of more specific CNS capabilities allowing improved traffic and flow management processes and procedures enhancing overall network capacity.
Guidance for filing of advanced CNS capabilities
Amendment 1 to PANS-ATM i.e. the ‘FPL2012 changes’, has provided a large number of new indications for the provision of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) related capabilities and approvals within the flight plan.
This new paper , developed by the EUR 2012 Task Force, offers guidance in the filing of CNS related information and in doing so addresses the issue caused by the limitation of only 8 PBN indicators.
Main focus for preparation of the FPL 2012 deployment is now the organisation of testing.
A comprehensive testing package (see 'EUR Test Plan' section on our Testing overview page) is available and an additional OPT test session has been arranged on 15-19 October, to help anyone involved in flight operations prepare for these changes.
An additional training application providing stand alone access to the training Guide suitable for mobile devices has been made available. This means we offer three applications providing training support: A comprehensive e-learning module ICAO 2012 Flight Planning Modifications, an ICAO 2012 Flight Plan guide and a Stand alone Flight Plan guide suitable for mobile devices (QR code on our Training page).
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A Safety Scan which takes a high level view of the proposed changes and identifies the possible impact for each of the main participant groups (Aircraft Operators, Flight Plan Service Providers, ATC Units, AROs, etc.) was performed by the 2012 Task Force.
It provides a very useful checklist of potential issues for all those who may be affected by the 2012 changes. The latest version of the Safety Scan Register is now available.
2012 Task Force
A dedicated '2012 Task Force' was established by and tasked to coordinate the detailed changes to the interface specifications and operational procedures, including deployment and transition issues, necessary to achieve a smooth implementation by 15 November 2012.