Flight Services
Explanation of Changes
Basic

Direct questions through appropriate facility/service center office staff
to the Office of Primary Interest (OPI)

  1. 2-1-4. WEATHER DISPLAY PRODUCTS
    2-1-8. LOGGING OF PILOT BRIEFINGS
    3-3-5. ROUTINE RADIO CONTACTS
    4-1-3. OBTAINING INFORMATION
    4-1-4. COORDINATION
    4-2-5. ALERTING CONTROL FACILITY

The changes to Chapter 2 and 3 clarify that certain procedures apply only to Alaska. Changes to Chapter 4 provide updated guidance on the handling of emergencies. FIG 2-1-2 is replaced to be consistent with a newer version as found in the Aviation Weather Handbook.

  1. 4-2-15. SUSPICIOUS UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) ACTIVITY

This change adds paragraph 4-2-15, Suspicious Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Activity, to FAA Order JO 7110.10, Flight Services. The paragraph directs personnel to notify the supervisor or controller-in-charge upon observation of suspicious UAS activities. This change harmonizes procedures found in FAA Order JO 7110.65, Air Traffic Control, paragraph 2-1-26; FAA Order JO 7610.4, Special Operations, paragraph 7-3-1; FAA Order JO 7210.3, Facility Operations and Administration, paragraphs 2-1-30 and 2-1-32; and FAA Order JO 7210.632, Air Traffic Organization Occurrence Reporting, Appendix A.

  1. 5-1-1. COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE
    5-3-2. NOTIFYING ARTCC
    5-5-1. SPECIAL MILITARY FLIGHTS
    5-6-1. AIRCRAFT MOVEMENT
    INFORMATION SERVICES (AMIS) WITHIN AN ADIZ-IFR
    5-6-2. AMIS WITHIN AN ADIZ-DVFR

Changes made to Chapter 5 are to update communications information (5-1-1); add TBL 5-3-1 to indicate flight plan lock-out times by ARTCC and clarify entry times for flight plans into operating systems; remove obsolete procedures (5-5-1); and clarify current procedures (5-3-2). Paragraphs 5-6-1 and 5-6-2 were changed to reflect discontinuation of the acronym Aircraft Movement Information Services (AMIS).

  1. 5-1-2. FLIGHT PLANS
    5-1-3. FLIGHT PLAN DATA
    5-1-6. IFR/VFR/DVFR FLIGHT PLAN RECORDING
    5-2-1. FLIGHT PLAN RECORDING
    5-2-2. OUTBOUNDS DEPARTING FROM OUTSIDE FLIGHT PLAN AREA
    5-3-1. IFR FLIGHT PLANS
    5-3-3. IFR FLIGHT PLAN CONTROL MESSAGES
    5-3-4. IFR FLIGHT PLAN CONTROL MESSAGE FORMAT
    5-4-2. DEPARTURE REPORT MESSAGE
    5-4-3. ACKNOWLEDGING NUMBERED MESSAGES
    5-4-4. FLIGHT NOTIFICATION MESSAGE
    5-4-5. SUSPENDING FLIGHT NOTIFICATION MESSAGES
    5-4-6. ACKNOWLEDGING FLIGHT NOTIFICATION MESSAGES
    5-4-8. MAJOR FLIGHT PLAN CHANGES FROM EN ROUTE AIRCRAFT
    5-4-9. CHANGE IN ETA
    5-4-10. FLIGHT PLAN CLOSURE
    5-5-4. MESSAGE HANDLING
    5-6-3. FORWARDING DVFR INFORMATION
    6-1-8. ADDRESSING MESSAGES
    6-1-9. FLIGHT PLAN FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS
    6-1-10. ICAO ATS MESSAGE FORMAT
    6-4-2. INBOUNDS FROM CANADA
    6-4-3. OUTBOUNDS TO CANADA
    6-4-4. OUTBOUNDS TO CANADA DEPARTING FROM OUTSIDE FLIGHT PLAN AREA
    6-4-5. IFR FLIGHT PLANS DEPARTING CANADIAN AIRPORTS
    Appendix A. ICAO FLIGHT PLANS
    Appendix B. FSS FORMS
    Appendix C. FAA FORMS
    Appendix D. SERVICE B MESSAGES FORMATS
    Appendix E. DOMESTIC FLIGHT DATA (LEGACY)
    Appendix F. INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS (LEGACY)

The following changes are required to align the order with current operational processes. These changes also support the standardized use of FAA Form 7233-4, International Flight Plan. These changes also inform stakeholders that the legacy procedures of FAA Form 7233-1 may be employed by users who file civilian stereo route and military flight plans.

  1. 5-2-1. FLIGHT PLAN RECORDING

This change to JO 7110.10 provides guidance for flight data personnel and dispatchers on how to process a flight plan for an aircraft whose call sign begins with a number.

  1. 6-1-12. AIR MOBILE SERVICE (AMS)

This change reflects the removal of the term Aeronautical Radio, Incorporated (ARINC) and reflects the addition of new communication relay call signs due to corporate changes in the company name.

  1. 7-2-2. QALQ
    7-2-3. ACTION BY DEPARTURE STATION ON RECEIPT OF QALQ
    7-4-2. ACTION UPON RECEIPT OF ALNOT

This change updates paragraph 7-2-2 with an editorial change and adds a new reference to a preceding chapter. The change to paragraph 7-2-3 clarifies procedures used for facilities with a shared database, while the change to paragraph 7-4-2 expands the broadcast area during the Alert Notice (ALNOT) stage of search and rescue.

  1. 8-1-2. SCHEDULED TRANSMISSION TIMES
    8-2-4. PIREP DISPLAY
    8-2-11. PIREP HANDLING
    8-2-14. PIREP FORMAT
    8-3-1. GENERAL
    8-3-2. LEVELS FORECAST
    8-4-2. TERMINAL AERODROME FORECAST SCHEDULES
    8-7-1. GENERAL
    8-7-2. DISTRIBUTION

This change to Chapter 8 clarifies that certain procedures now apply only to Alaska, brings the order into compliance with recent changes to National Weather Service instructions, and eliminates obsolete procedures.

  1. 9-1-1. AIRPORT LIGHTING
    9-1-5. APPROACH LIGHTING SYSTEM INTENSITY SETTING (ALS)
    9-1-9. MEDIUM INTENSITY APPROACH LIGHTING SYSTEM WITH RUNWAY ALIGNMENT
    INDICATOR LIGHTS (MALSR)/OMNIDIRECTIONAL APPROACH LIGHTING SYSTEM (ODALS)
    9-1-12. HIGH INTENSITY RUNWAY, RUNWAY CENTERLINE (RCLS), AND TOUCHDOWN ZONE LIGHTS (TDZL)
    9-1-15. RUNWAY END IDENTIFIER LIGHTS (REIL)
    9-1-17. VISUAL APPROACH SLOPE INDICATORS (VASIs)
    9-1-18. VISIBILITY AIDS – GENERAL
    9-1-19. RVR/RVV

This change to Chapter 9 clarifies procedures that are currently being performed in Alaska with respect to airport lighting and visibility aids. This change also adds ODALS to airport lighting instructions and removes Runway Visibility Value (RVV), which is no longer used.

  1. 10-1-1. PURPOSE
    10-1-4. MESSAGE INITIATION

This change to Chapter 10 clarifies the procedure for interphone communication at a particular position. The title of paragraph 10-1-1 is changed to more clearly reflect the contents of the paragraph.

  1. 11-1-8. WEATHER PHRASEOLOGY
    11-1-9. WEATHER REMARKS
    11-1-12. WINDS AND TEMPERATURES ALOFT FORECAST (FB)
    11-1-15. AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION
    11-1-16. DESCRIPTION OF AIRCRAFT TYPES
    11-1-18. AIRWAYS AND ROUTES
    11-1-19.
    NAVAID TERMS
    12-1-3. GROUP CODES

This change to Chapter 11 updates paragraphs 11-1-8, 11-1-15, 11-1-16, 11-1-18, 11-1-19, and TBL 11-1-1 to harmonize with FAA Order JO 7110.65 and bring consistency among FAA air traffic directives. Paragraph 11-1-12 is changed to allow for a more narrow interpolation of wind direction, depending on the user's operating system. The change to Chapter 12 is to update group codes used for mass disseminated messages.

  1. Editorial Changes

The publication schedule chart is expanded. A reference to basic VFR weather minimums is added to paragraph 3-5-2. Finally, minor fixes are made throughout the document.

  1. Entire Publication

Additional editorial/format changes were made where necessary. Revision bars were not used because of the insignificant nature of these changes.