Post compiled by By Danielle Bruckert
Author Cessna Training Manuals
The following list provides a nice quick reference list of the codes for ICAO flight plans.
• Use capital letters.
• Adhere closely to the prescribed format.
• Report hours in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC, or Zulu).
• Use the 24-hour clock (e.g., 1800Z, 0930Z, etc.).
• The block preceding item 3 is to be completed by air traffic facilities.
• Complete item 19 as indicated. It will facilitate help by search and rescue (SAR) services.
• Numbers should be preceded by a zero only where it is necessary for a place filler, eg N0100, M075
• Right align especially for numbers – ie if there is too many spaces leave the ones to the left blank
ITEM 7 AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION
—Enter one of the following:
• Aircraft registration (e.g., N172B, A6-ABC, ZS-XYZ, V5-RSV, ZK-DAN).
• ICAO designator followed by the flight number if one has been assigned (e.g., KLM511, RSV007).
• Call sign assigned by military authorities.
ITEM 8 FLIGHT RULES AND TYPE OF FLIGHT
I if IFR
V if VFR
Y if IFR first
Z if VFR first
TYPE OF FLIGHT
S if scheduled air service
N if non-scheduled air transport operation
G if general aviation
M if military
X if other than any of the defined categories above.
ITEM 9: Aircraft number, type, and wake turbulence category/number
NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT
The number need only be entered if more than one aircraft, however if desired enter 01
Type of aircraft — Enter appropriate 4 digit ICAO designator (e.g., TB10, BE90, C152, etc. ) .
Note : If no designator has been assigned or if the designator is misleading (eg a modified engine or airframe) or for formation flights comprising more than one type aircraft, indicate \” Z Z Z Z\” and specify the aircraft type(s) in item 18 preceded by \”TYP / .\”
WAKE TURBULENCE CATEGORY
H — HEAVY, to indicate an aircraft type with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 136,000kg or more;
M — MEDIUM, to indicate an aircraft type with a maximum certificated take-off mass of less than 136,000kg but more than 7000kg;
L — LIGHT, to indicate an aircraft type with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 7000kg or less.
ITEM 10 EQUIPMENT
– Radio Communication, Navigation and Approach Aid Equipment
A (Not allocated)
B (Not allocated)
C LORAN C
E (Not allocated)
G GNSS (Only applicable if certified for the type of flight rules applied)
H HF RTF
I Inertial Navigation
J Data link (see Note 3)
P (Not allocated)
Q (Not allocated)
R RNP type certification (see Note 5)
S Standard (equipped with V, F, O, L)
U UHF RTF
V VHF RTF
W* *When prescribed by ATS
Z Other equipment carried (See Note 2)
NOTE 1: Standard equipment is considered to be VHF RTF, ADF, VOR and ILS, unless another combination is prescribed by the appropriate ATS authority.
NOTE 2: If the letter Z is used, specify in Item 18 the other equipment carried, preceded by COM/ and/or NAV/, as appropriate.
NOTE 3: If the letter J is used, specify in Item 18 the equipment carried, preceded by DAT/ followed by one or more letters as appropriate.
NOTE 4: Information on navigation capability is provided to ATC for clearance and routing purposes.
NOTE 5: Inclusion of R indicates that an aircraft meets the RNP type prescribed for the route segment(s), route(s) and/or area concerned.
– Surveillance Equipment
A Transponder — Mode A (4 digits — 4096 codes)
C Transponder — Most C172s Mode A (4 digits — 4096 codes) and Mode C
X Transponder — Mode S without both aircraft identification and pressure-altitude transmission
P Transponder — Mode S, including pressure-altitude transmission, but no aircraft identification transmission
I Transponder — Mode S, including aircraft identification transmission, but no pressure-altitude transmission
S Transponder — DA42 and new C172 after FTP Mode S, including both pressure-altitude and aircraft identification transmission.
D ADS capability
Item 13: Departure airport and departure time
Airport—Use the ICAO four-letter location identifier.
Note: If no identifier has been assigned,indicate \”ZZZZ\” and specify the airport name in item 18 preceded by \”DEP/.\”
Ti me—Estimated time of depart u re (ETD). Use the 24-hour clock reported in UTC.
Note : When ATC personnel receive a flight plan filed in flight, they will enter \”A F I L\” and specify the ICAO four-letter identifier of the facility’s location in item 18 preceded by \” D E P / .\” Time will be given as actual time of arrival (ATA ) or estimated time of arrival (ETA) over the first point of the route .
ITEM 15 ROUTE:
Cruising speed—State true airspeed (TAS). Choose appropriate term:
Kilometers per hour, shown as \”K\” followed by four numbers (e.g., K0830).
Knots, expressed as \”N\” followed by four numbers (e.g., N0250).
Mach number, using the nearest hundredths of unit preceded by \”M\” (e.g., M082).
Note: FAA air traffic facilities do not accept speeds in metric terms.
Cruising level—State planned cruising level. Choose appropriate term:
Flight level, expressed as \”F\” followed by three numbers (e.g., F085).
Altitude in hundreds of feet, expressed as \”A\” followed by three numbers (e.g., A045).
Standard metric level in tens of meters, expressed as \”S\” followed by four numbers (e.g., S1130).
Altitude in tens of meters, expressed as \”M\” followed by four numbers (e.g., M0840).
5. VFR (unspecified cruising level).
Note: FAA air traffic facilities do not accept cruising levels in metric terms.
Route—Include speed, flight level, or flight rule changes:
Along designated routes—Enter:
1. Route designator (or the letters \”DCT\” if departure airport is outside a designated route segment followed by the point of joining the first designated route).
2. Each point where speed, flight level, or flight rule changes are planned followed by the designator for the next route segment (even if the same as the previous one) or the letters \”DCT\” if the next segment will be outside a designated route.
Outside designated routes—Enter:
1. Be a ring and distance from a navigation aid for points normally not m o re than 30 minutes’ flying time or 200 nautical miles apart (or when required by ATC, define route expressed in degrees and/or minutes of longitude/latitude).
2. Each point where speed, flight level, or flight rule changes are planned. Speed or altitude change—enter the point/designator followed by a slash and new speed or altitude information (e.g., LN/N0250A045). Flight rule change—enter the point/designator followed by a space and the new flight rule (e.g., LN VFR, LN/N0250A045 IFR, etc.). Cruise climb—enter the letter \”C\” followed by a slash, then the point at which cruise climb is planned, followed by a slash and the speed to be maintained, followed by the two levels defining the layer occupied during cruise climb, or the level above which cruise is planned followed by the letters \”PLUS\” (e. g . , C/48N050W/N0250F120F180, C/48N050W/M082F290PLUS, etc. ) .
Item 16: Destination airport, alternate airport, and time enroute
Airport and alternate— Use the ICAO four-letter location identifier (limit alternate to two airports).
Note : If no identifier has been assigned, use \” Z Z Z Z\” and specify the airport name in item 18 preceded by \”DEST/.
Time—Estimated time enroute (ETE). Use the 24-hour clock reported in UTC .
ITEM 18 OTHER INFORMATION
EET/ Significant points or FIR boundary designators and accumulated estimated elapsed times to such points or FIR boundaries, when so prescribed on the basis of regional air navigation agreements, or by the appropriate ATS authority.
RIF/ The route details to the revised destination aerodrome, followed by the ICAO four-letter location indicator of the aerodrome. The revised route is subject to re-clearance in flight.
REG/ The registration markings of the aircraft, if different from the aircraft identification in Item 7.
SEL/ SELCAL Code, if so prescribed by the appropriate ATS authority.
OPR/ Name of the operator, if not obvious from the aircraft identification in Item 7.
STS/ Reason for special handling by ATS; e.g., hospital aircraft, one engine inoperative; e.g., STS/HOSP, STS/ONE ENG INOP.
TYP/ Type(s) of aircraft, preceded if necessary by number(s) of aircraft, if ZZZZ is inserted in Item 9.
PER/ Aircraft performance data, if so prescribed by the appropriate ATS authority.
COM/ Significant data related to communication equipment as required by the appropriate ATS authority; e.g., COM/UHF only.
DAT/ significant data related to data link capability, using one or more of the letters S, H, V and M; e.g., DAT/S for satellite data link; DAT/H for HF data link; DAT/V for VHF data link; DAT/M for SSR Mode S data link. For all a/c with /S at HIFA
NAV/ Significant data related to navigation equipment as required by the appropriate ATS authority.
DEP/ Name of departure aerodrome, if ZZZZ is inserted in Item 13, or the ICAO four letter location indicator of the location of the ATS unit from which supplementary flight plan data can be obtained, if AFIL is inserted in Item 13.
DEST/ Name of destination aerodrome, if ZZZZ is inserted in Item 16.
ALTN/ Name of destination alternate aerodrome(s), if ZZZZ is inserted in Item 16.
RALT/ Name of en-route alternate aerodrome(s).
CODE/ Aircraft address (expressed in the form of an alphanumerical code of six hexadecimal characters) when required by the appropriate ATS authority.
RMK/ Any other plain language remarks when required by the appropriate ATS authority or deemed necessary. Note- this can be used if requiring training at intermediate points on FPL or to indicate a special type of flight, like an initial flight test
ITEM 19 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION AND SAR
E /—Endurance— Fuel endurance in hours and minutes. Use the 24-hour clock reported in UTC.
P/—Persons on board—Total number of persons on board.
– Emergency and Survival Equipment
CROSS OUT U if UHF on frequency 243.0 MHz is not available.
CROSS OUT V if VHF on frequency 121.5 MHz is not available.
CROSS OUT E if emergency locator transmitter (ELT) is not available.
S/ (SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT)
CROSS OUT all indicators if survival equipment is not carried.
CROSS OUT P if polar survival equipment is not carried
CROSS OUT D if desert survival equipment is not carried.
CROSS OUT M if maritime survival equipment is not carried.
CROSS OUT J if jungle survival equipment is not carried.
CROSS OUT all indicators if life jackets are not carried.
CROSS OUT L if life jackets are not equipped with lights.
CROSS OUT F if life jackets are not equipped with fluorescein.
CROSS OUT U or V or both as in R/ above to indicate radio capability of jackets, if any.
CROSS OUT indicators D and C if no dinghies are carried, or
(NUMBER) INSERT number of dinghies carried; and
(CAPACITY) INSERT total capacity, in persons, of all dinghies carried; and
(COVER) CROSS OUT indicator C if dinghies are not covered; and
(COLOUR) INSERT colour of dinghies if carried.
A/ (AIRCRAFT COLOUR AND MARKINGS) INSERT colour of aircraft and significant markings.
N/ (REMARKS) CROSS OUT indicator N if no remarks, or INDICATE any other survival equipment carried and any other remarks regarding survival equipment.
C/ (PILOT) INSERT name of pilot-in-command. Adding a telephone number saves a lot of time !
Now someone tell me why they don\’t still print this stuff on the back!!!