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The FAA will accept a flight plan in international format for any IFR, VFR, who may continue to use the format prescribed in FAA Form The FAA will implement flight plan filing for civil aircraft using a format that aligns with The new format appears on FAA Form , FAA International Flight. this form will be included in a Privacy Act System of Records known as DOT/FAA , titled “Aviation Records on Individuals” and will be subject to the routine.

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Every pilot is urged to receive a preflight briefing and to file a flight plan. Briefing service may be obtained from an FSS either by telephone or interphone, by radio when airborne, or by a personal visit to the station. The forms are available at all flight service stations.

Additional copies will be provided on request. NOTE- NOTAMs which are known in sufficient time for publication and are of 7 days duration or longer are normally incorporated into the Notices to Airmen Publication and carried there until cancellation time.

Printed NOTAMs are not provided during a briefing unless specifically requested by the pilot since the FSS specialist has no way of knowing whether the pilot has already checked the Notices to Airmen Publication prior to calling.

This information is not normally furnished during your briefing. Pilots are urged to use only the latest issue of aeronautical charts in planning and conducting flight operations. Aeronautical charts are revised and reissued on a regular scheduled basis to ensure that depicted data are current and reliable. In the conterminous U. Charts that have been superseded by those of a more recent date may contain obsolete or incomplete flight information.

When requesting a preflight briefing, identify yourself as a pilot and provide the following: Type of flight planned; e. Aircraft’s number or pilot’s name. Prior to conducting a briefing, briefers are required to have the background information listed above so that they may tailor the briefing to the needs of the proposed flight. Briefers use all available weather and aeronautical information to summarize data applicable to the proposed flight.

They do not read weather reports and forecasts verbatim unless specifically requested by the pilot. In addition to the filing of a flight plan, if the flight will traverse or land in one or more foreign countries, it is particularly important that pilots leave a complete itinerary with someone directly concerned and keep that person advised of the flight’s progress. If serious doubt arises as to the safety of the flight, that person should first contact the FSS.

Some suggested practices include: Obtain a complete preflight and weather briefing. File a flight plan. This is an excellent low cost insurance policy. The cost is the time it takes to fill it out. The insurance includes the knowledge that someone will be looking for you if you become overdue at your destination. Use the navigation aids. Practice maintaining a good course-keep the needle centered.

Maintain a constant altitude which is appropriate for the direction of flight. Estimate en route position times. Make accurate and frequent position reports to the FSSs along your route of flight. When flying VFR at night, in addition to the altitude appropriate for the direction of flight, pilots should maintain an altitude which is at or above the minimum en route altitude as shown on charts.

This is especially true in mountainous terrain, where there is usually very little ground reference.


Do not depend on your eyes alone to avoid rising unlighted terrain, or even lighted obstructions such as TV towers. NOTAM information is that aeronautical information that could affect a pilot’s decision to make a flight. NOTAM information is transmitted using standard contractions to reduce transmission time. See TBL for a listing of the most commonly used contractions.

NOTAM information is classified into four categories. This category of information is distributed automatically via Service A telecommunications system. FDC fkrm concerning conditions that are more than miles from the FSS, or that is already published, is given to a pilot only on request.

FAA Form 7233-1

NOTAM data may not always be current due to the changeable nature of national airspace system components, delays inherent in processing information, and occasional temporary outages of the U. While en route, pilots should contact FSSs and obtain updated information for their route of flight and destination. Data is included in this publication to reduce congestion on the telecommunications circuits and, therefore, is not available via Service A.

Once published, the information is not provided during pilot weather briefings unless specifically requested by the pilot. This publication faa two sections. Occasionally, unique information is included in this section when it will contribute to flight safety. The second fax contains special notices that are either too long or formm a wide or unspecified geographic area and are not suitable for inclusion in the first section. The content of these notices vary widely and there are no specific criteria for their inclusion, other than their enhancement of flight safety.

All new notices entered, excluding FDC NOTAMs, will be published only if the information is expected to remain in effect for at least 7 days after the effective date of the publication. Meteorlogical Information for Aircraft 733-1 Flight. To obtain maximum benefits from the flight plan program, flight plans should be filed directly with the nearest FSS. For your convenience, FSSs provide aeronautical and meteorological briefings while accepting flight plans.

Radio may be used 72333-1 file if no other means are available. NOTE- Some states operate aeronautical communications facilities which will accept and forward flight plans to the FSS for further handling. Pilots are encouraged to give their departure times directly to the FSS serving the departure airport or as otherwise indicated by the FSS when the flight plan is filed.

This will ensure more efficient flight plan service and permit the FSS to advise you of significant changes in aeronautical facilities or meteorological conditions. The actual departure time is received. A revised proposed departure time is received.

At a time of filing, the FSS is informed that the proposed departure time will be met, caa actual time cannot be given because of inadequate communications assumed departures. On pilot’s request, at a location having an active tower, the aircraft identification will be forwarded by the tower caa the FSS for reporting the actual departure time.

This procedure should be avoided at busy forj. Such contacts permit significant information to be passed to the transiting aircraft and also serve to check the progress of the flight should it be necessary for any reason to locate the aircraft.

Pilots not operating on an IFR flight plan and when in level cruising flight, are cautioned to conform with VFR cruising altitudes appropriate to the direction of flight.

When filing VFR flight plans, indicate aircraft equipment capabilities by appending the appropriate suffix to aircraft type in the same manner as that prescribed for IFR flight. Under some circumstances, ATC computer tapes can be useful in constructing the radar history of gaa downed or crashed aircraft.


In each case, knowledge of the aircraft’s transponder equipment is necessary in determining whether or not such computer tapes might prove effective.

Check the type flight plan. Enter your complete fxa identification including the prefix “N” if applicable. Enter the designator for the aircraft, or if unknown, consult an FSS briefer. Enter your true airspeed TAS.

Standard Briefing – FAA Form

Enter faaa departure airport identifier code, or if unknown, the name of the airport. If airborne, specify the actual or proposed departure time as appropriate. Enter the appropriate VFR altitude to assist the briefer in providing weather and wind information. Enter the destination airport faaa code, or if unknown, the airport name.

NOTE- Include the city name or even the state name if needed for clarity. Enter only those remarks pertinent to ATC or to the clarification of other flight plan information, such as the appropriate radiotelephony call sign associated with the designator filed in Block 2. Items of a personal nature are not accepted.

Specify the fuel on board in hours and minutes. Specify an alternate airport if desired.

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Enter your complete name, address, and telephone number. Enter sufficient information to identify home base, airport, or operator. NOTE- This information is essential in the event of search and rescue operations.

Enter total number of persons on board POB including crew. Enter the predominant colors. Record the FSS name for closing the flight plan. If the flight plan is closed with a different FSS or facility, state the recorded FSS name that would normally have closed your flight plan. The information transmitted to the destination FSS will consist only of flight plan blocks 2, 3, 9, and NAS operators are encouraged to access the web site at http: The web site consolidates information from advisories.

Faa are normally issued for the following items: This list is not all-inclusive. Any time there is information that may be beneficial to a large number of people, an advisory may rorm sent. Additionally, there may be times when an advisory is not sent due to workload or the short length of time of fa activity.

Route information is available on the web site and in specific advisories. Operators are expected to file flight plans consistent with the Route RQD advisories.

When a flight plan indicates IFR for the first portion of flight and VFR for the latter portion, the pilot will normally be cleared to the point at which the change is proposed. If the pilot desires to continue the IFR flight plan beyond the clearance limit, the pilot should contact ATC at least 5 minutes prior to the clearance limit and request further IFR clearance.

If the requested clearance is not received prior to reaching the clearance limit fix, the pilot will be expected to enter into a standard holding pattern on the radial or course to the fix unless a holding pattern for the clearance limit fix is depicted on a U.

In this case the pilot will hold according to the depicted pattern. Procedures outlined in this section apply to operators filing FAA Form Flight Plan and to flights that will be conducted entirely within U.