|This section describes general flight plan filing guidance, and interface requirements for sending electronic-format flight plan messages via Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) to FAA en route automation systems. Audiences for this information are flight plan filing services and pilots.||The format of the ICAO flight plan changed significantly in November, 2012. For an overview of the changes introduced by the ICAO 2012 flight plan please see the ICAO 2012 Quick Reference Brochure.|
|Pilots - individuals who file a flight plan through a flight plan filing service||Flight Plan Filing Service (FPFS) - any entity which files electronic flight plans directly with FAA via AFTN|
|Information needed when filing FAA Form 7233-4, Flight Plan, is described in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) Section 1, Paragraph 5-1-9. The needed information includes such items as aircraft identification, special equipment, departure/arrival points, cruising altitude and route of flight.
Note: Please consult ICAO Document 8643 before providing your approved 2 � 4 character aircraft type to avoid rejection of your flight plan.
How to File a Flight Plan After gathering the appropriate information for FAA Form 7233-4, any of the following means can be used to file your flight plan:
|This section provides references for filing ICAO Flight Plans and associated flight planning messages including:
Filed Flight Plan (FPL)
The information provided in the links below, includes ICAO guidance and published supplementary requirements, instructions and guidelines for proper filing of FPLs with FAA�s En Route Automation System (ERAS).
FAA ICAO Flight Planning Interface Reference Guide (PDF, 818 KB)