FAA Flight Planning Information
This web site consolidates FAA guidance for flight plan filing instructions and content. The following resources are available:
- There is a monthly Flight Plan Filer teleconference. Information on how to sign up, and briefings from past meetings are available under Flight Plan Filer Teleconference.
- References of use to Flight Plan Filers- including links to many of the documents- can be found in References.
- Some frequently-asked questions and answers are documented in FAQs.
- To contact us, use one of the methods described under Contact Information.
Flight Planning Guidance:
- The FAA prefers users to file ICAO flight plans for all flights. An ICAO format flight plan must be used when:
FAA guidance on ICAO Flight Plan Filing can be found under FAA ICAO Flight Planning Guidance.
- The flight will enter international airspace (including Oceanic airspace controlled by FAA facilities
- The flight expects routing or separation based on Performance Based Navigation, e.g. RNAV 1
- The flight will enter RVSM airspace
- The flight expects services based on ADS-B
- Flights that remain wholly within domestic United States airspace and do not meet any of the above criteria may use a NAS format flight plan, i.e. FAA Form 7233-1 and the procedures outlined in AIM Section 1, Paragraph 5.1.8.