Section 2. Flight Plans and Control Information
2-2-1. RECORDING INFORMATION
a. Record flight plan information required by the type of flight plan and existing circumstances. Use authorized abbreviations when possible.
b. EN ROUTE. When flight plans are filed directly with the center, record all items given by the pilot either on a flight progress strip/flight data entry or on a voice recorder. If the latter, enter in box 26 of the initial flight progress strip the sector or position number to identify where the information may be found in the event search and rescue (SAR) activities become necessary.
2-2-2. FORWARDING INFORMATION
a. Except during EAS FDP operation, forward the flight plan information to the appropriate ATC facility, FSS, or BASOPS and record the time of filing and delivery on the form.
b. EN ROUTE. During EAS FDP operation, the above manual actions are required in cases where the data is not forwarded automatically by the computer.
c. EN ROUTE. Forward proposed tower en route flight plans and any related amendments to the appropriate departure terminal facility.
2-2-3. FORWARDING VFR DATA
Forward aircraft departure times to AFSSs/FSSs or military operations offices when they have requested them. Forward other VFR flight plan data only if requested by the pilot.
2-2-4. MILITARY DVFR DEPARTURES
Forward departure times on all military DVFR departures from joint-use airports to the military operations office.
2. Military pilots departing DVFR from a joint-use airport will include the phrase “DVFR to (destination)” in their initial call-up to an FAA operated tower.
2-2-5. IFR TO VFR FLIGHT PLAN CHANGE
Request a pilot to contact the appropriate FSS if the pilot informs you of a desire to change from an IFR to a VFR flight plan.
2-2-6. IFR FLIGHT PROGRESS DATA
Forward control information from controller to controller within a facility, then to the receiving facility as the aircraft progresses along its route. Where appropriate, use computer equipment in lieu of manual coordination procedures. Do not use the remarks section of flight progress strips in lieu of voice coordination to pass control information. Ensure that flight plan and control information is correct and up-to-date. When covered by a letter of agreement/facility directive, the time requirements of subpara a may be reduced, and the time requirements of subpara b1 and para 2-2-11, Forwarding Amended and UTM Data, subpara a may be increased up to 15 minutes when facilitated by automated systems or mandatory radar handoffs; or if operationally necessary because of manual data processing or nonradar operations, the time requirements of subpara a may be increased.
2. The term facility in this paragraph refers to centers and terminal facilities when operating in an en route capacity.
a. Forward the following information at least 15 minutes before the aircraft is estimated to enter the receiving facility's area:
1. Aircraft identification.
2. Number of aircraft if more than one, heavy aircraft indicator “H/” if appropriate, type of aircraft, and aircraft equipment suffix.
3. Assigned altitude and ETA over last reporting point/fix in transferring facility's area or assumed departure time when the departure point is the last point/fix in the transferring facility's area.
4. Altitude at which aircraft will enter the receiving facility's area if other than the assigned altitude.
5. True airspeed.
6. Point of departure.
7. Route of flight remaining.
8. Destination airport and clearance limit if other than destination airport.
9. ETA at destination airport (not required for military or scheduled air carrier aircraft).
10. Altitude requested by the aircraft if assigned altitude differs from requested altitude (within a facility only).
11. When flight plan data must be forwarded manually and an aircraft has been assigned a beacon code by the computer, include the code as part of the flight plan.
12. Longitudinal separation being used between aircraft at the same altitude if it results in these aircraft having less than 10 minutes separation at the facilities' boundary.
13. Any additional nonroutine operational information pertinent to flight safety.
b. Forward position report over last reporting point in the transferring facility's area if any of the following conditions exist:
1. Time differs more than 3 minutes from estimate given.
2. Requested by receiving facility.
3. Agreed to between facilities.
2-2-7. MANUAL INPUT OF COMPUTER-ASSIGNED BEACON CODES
When a flight plan is manually entered into the computer and a computer-assigned beacon code has been forwarded with the flight plan data, insert the beacon code in the appropriate field as part of the input message.
2-2-8. ALTRV INFORMATION
When an aircraft is a part of an approved ALTRV, forward only those items necessary to properly identify the flight, update flight data contained in the ALTRV APVL, or revise previously given information.
2-2-9. COMPUTER MESSAGE VERIFICATION
Unless your facility is equipped to automatically obtain acknowledgment of receipt of transferred data, when you transfer control information by computer message, obtain, via Service F, acknowledgment that the receiving center has received the message and verification of the following:
a. Within the time limits specified by a letter of agreement or when not covered by a letter of agreement, at least 15 minutes before the aircraft is estimated to enter the receiving facility's area, or at the time of a radar handoff, or coordination for transfer of control:
1. Aircraft identification.
2. Assigned altitude.
3. Departure or coordination fix time.
b. Any cancellation of IFR or EAS generated VFR flight plan.
2-2-10. TRANSMIT PROPOSED FLIGHT PLAN
a. Transmit proposed flight plans which fall within an ARTCC's Proposed Boundary Crossing Time (PBCT) parameter to adjacent ARTCC's via the Computer B network during hours of inter-center computer operation. In addition, when the route of flight of any proposed flight plan exceeds 20 elements external to the originating ARTCC's area, NADIN must be used to forward the data to all affected centers.
b. During nonautomated operation, the proposed flight plans must be sent via NADIN to the other centers involved when any of the following conditions are met:
1. The route of flight external to the originating center's area consists of 10 or more elements and the flight will enter 3 or more other center areas.
2. The route of flight beyond the first point of exit from the originating center's area consists of 10 or more elements, which are primarily fixes described in fix-radial-distance or latitude/longitude format, regardless of the number of other center areas entered.
3. The flight plan remarks are too lengthy for interphone transmission.
2-2-11. FORWARDING AMENDED AND UTM DATA
a. Forward any amending data concerning previously forwarded flight plans except that revisions to ETA information in para 2-2-6, IFR Flight Progress Data, need only be forwarded when the time differs by more than 3 minutes from the estimate given.
b. Computer acceptance of an appropriate input message fulfills the requirement for sending amended data. During EAS FDP operations, the amendment data are considered acknowledged on receipt of a computer update message or a computer-generated flight progress strip containing the amended data.
2. If a pilot is not issued a computer-generated PDR/PDAR/PAR and if amendment data is not entered into the computer, the next controller will have incorrect route information.
c. Forward any amended control information and record the action on the appropriate flight progress strip. Additionally, when a route or altitude in a previously issued clearance is amended within 15 minutes of an aircraft's proposed departure time, the facility that amended the clearance must coordinate the amendment with the receiving facility via verbal AND automated means to ensure timely passage of the information.
d. EN ROUTE. Effect manual coordination on any interfacility flight plan data that is not passed through automated means.
2-2-12. AIRBORNE MILITARY FLIGHTS
Forward to AFSSs/FSSs the following information received from airborne military aircraft:
a. IFR flight plans and changes from VFR to IFR flight plans.
b. Changes to an IFR flight plan as follows:
1. Change in destination:
(a) Aircraft identification and type.
(b) Departure point.
(c) Original destination.
(d) Position and time.
(e) New destination.
(g) Remarks including change in fuel exhaustion time.
(h) Revised ETA.
2. Change in fuel exhaustion time.
2-2-13. FORWARDING FLIGHT PLAN DATA BETWEEN U.S. ARTCCs AND CANADIAN ACCs
a. Domestic. (Continental U.S./Canadian airspace except Alaska) Proposed departure flight plans and en route estimates will be handled on a 30 minute lead time (or as bilaterally agreed) between any ACC and ARTCC.
b. International. Any route changes (except SIDs) must be forwarded to the appropriate Oceanic/Pre-oceanic ACC or ARTCC with an optimum lead time of 30 minutes or as soon as this information becomes available.
c. Initially, if a flight goes from U.S. airspace into Canadian airspace and returns to U.S. airspace, the ACC will be responsible for forwarding the flight plan data to the appropriate ARTCC by voice transmission except for flights which traverse mutually agreed on airways/fixes. These airways/fixes will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will be based on time and distance considerations at the service area office.
2-2-14. TELETYPE FLIGHT DATA FORMAT- U.S. ARTCCs - CANADIAN ACCs
The exchange of flight plan data between Canadian ACCs and U.S. ARTCCs must be made as follows:
a. The U.S. ARTCCs will transmit flight data to the Canadian ACCs in one of the following formats:
1. NADIN II input format as described in the NAS Management Directives (MDs) for:
(a) Flight Plan Messages:
(b) Amendment messages.
(c) Cancellation messages.
(d) Response Messages to Canadian Input:
(1) Acknowledgment messages.
(2) Error messages.
(3) Rejection messages.
2. Transport Canada (TC) ACC Flight Strip Format: Where the data to be printed on the ACC strip form exceeds the strip form field size, the NADIN II input format in 1 above will be used. Input sequentially fields 1 through 8 in para 2-2-6, IFR Flight Progress Data, subpara a.
b. TC's ACCs will transmit flight data to the FAA ARTCCs in the following format:
1. NADIN II input format as described in NAS MDs for:
(a) Flight Plan Messages:
(b) Amendment messages.
(c) Cancellation messages.
(d) Correction messages.
2-2-15. NORTH AMERICAN ROUTE PROGRAM (NRP) INFORMATION
a. “NRP” must be retained in the remarks section of the flight plan if the aircraft is moved due to weather, traffic, or other tactical reasons.
b. If the route of flight is altered due to a pilot request, “NRP” must be removed from the remarks section of the flight plan.
c. “NRP” must not be entered in the remarks section of a flight plan, unless prior coordination is accomplished with the ATCSCC or as prescribed by international NRP flight operations procedures.
d. The en route facility within which an international flight entering the conterminous U.S. requests to participate in the NRP must enter “NRP” in the remarks section of the flight plan.