Section 2. Flight Plan Proposals

  1. FLIGHT PLAN RECORDING

Record flight plans on the appropriate flight plan form or electronic equivalent. Completion of all items or fields is not required in every case, and all items filed are not always transmitted. Use authorized abbreviations where possible. The instructions for flight plan completion are addressed in Appendix A, FAA Form 7233-4, International Flight Plan, or Appendix B, FAA Form 7233-1, Flight Plan, and elsewhere in this section. For completing electronic versions of the flight plan forms, refer to that system's operating instructions.

  1. Item 1. Type of flight plan. Check the appropriate box.
  2. Item 2. Aircraft Identification. Enter as follows, but do not exceed seven alphanumeric characters:
  1. Civil Aircraft Including Air Carrier. Aircraft letter/digit registration including the letter “T” prefix for air taxi aircraft, the letter “L” for MEDEVAC aircraft, or the three-letter aircraft company designator specified in FAA Order JO 7340.2, Contractions, followed by the trip or the flight number.

EXAMPLE-

N12345
TN5552Q
AAL192
LN751B

NOTE-

  1. The letter “L” must not be entered in Item 2 of the flight plan for air carrier or air taxi MEDEVAC aircraft. Include the word “MEDEVAC” in the remarks section of the flight plan.
  2. For flight-processing systems (e.g., ERAM or STARS) which will not accept a call sign that begins with a number, if the call sign is 6 characters or less, add a Q at the beginning of the call sign. If the call sign is 7 characters, delete the first character and replace it with a Q. Put the original call sign in the remarks section of the flight plan.

EXAMPLE-

9HRA becomes Q9HRA
5744233 becomes Q744233

  1. U.S. Military Aircraft.
  1. Use the military abbreviation followed by the last five digits of the aircraft's number. For certain tactical mission aircraft, enter the assigned three-to-six letter code word followed by a one-to-four digit number. (See TBL 5-2-1.)

TBL 5-2-1
Military

Abbreviation

Military Service

A

USAF

C

Coast Guard

E

Air Evacuation

G

Air/Army National Guard

L

LOGAIR (USAF contract)

R

Army

RCH

REACH (USAF Air Mobility Command)

S

Special Air Mission

VM

Marine Corps

VV

Navy

  1. Aircraft carrying the President, Vice President, and/or their family members will use the identifiers in the following tables. (See TBL 5-2-2 and TBL 5-2-3.)

TBL 5-2-2
President and Family

Service

President

Family

Air Force

AF1

EXEC1F

Marine

VM1

EXEC1F

Navy

VV1

EXEC1F

Army

RR1

EXEC1F

Coast Guard

C1

EXEC1F

Guard

G1

EXEC1F

Commercial

EXEC1

EXEC1F

TBL 5-2-3
Vice President and Family

Service

Vice President

Family

Air Force

AF2

EXEC2F

Marine

VM2

EXEC2F

Navy

VV2

EXEC2F

Army

RR2

EXEC2F

Coast Guard

C2

EXEC2F

Guard

G2

EXEC2F

Commercial

EXEC2

EXEC2F

  1. Canadian Military Aircraft. The abbreviations must be followed by a number group not to exceed four digits. (See TBL 5-2-4.)

TBL 5-2-4
Canadian Military

Abbreviation

Military Service

CFC

Canadian Forces

CTG

Canadian Coast Guard

  1. Item 3. Aircraft Type. Insert the standard aircraft type designator, in accordance with FAA Order JO 7360.1, Aircraft Type Designators.
  1. Prefix to Aircraft Type (one-to-two alphanumeric characters). For IFR operations, if the aircraft's weight class is heavy, indicate this with the prefix “H.” If a formation flight is planned, enter the number and type of aircraft; for example, 2H/B52.
  2. Suffix to Aircraft Type (one alpha character). Indicate for IFR operations the aircraft's radar transponder, DME, or RNAV (includes LORAN) capability by adding the appropriate symbol preceded by a slant (/). (See TBL 5-2-5.)

TBL 5-2-5
Suffix to Aircraft Type

Navigation Capability

Transponder Capability

Suffix

RVSM

No GNSS, No RNAV

Transponder with Mode C

/W

RNAV, No GNSS

Transponder with Mode C

/Z

GNSS

Transponder with Mode C

/L

 

No RVSM

No DME

No transponder

/X

Transponder with no Mode C

/T

Transponder with Mode C

/U

DME

No transponder

/D

Transponder with no Mode C

/B

Transponder with Mode C

/A

TACAN

No transponder

/M

Transponder with no Mode C

/N

Transponder with Mode C

/P

RNAV, No GNSS

No transponder

/Y

Transponder with no Mode C

/C

Transponder with Mode C

/I

GNSS

No transponder

/V

Transponder with no Mode C

/S

Transponder with Mode C

/G

NOTE-

The /E and /F suffixes will only be used by aircraft operating to and from airports within the U.S., unless authorized by the controlling authority.

REFERENCE-

FAA Order JO 7110.65, Para 2-3-8 and TBL 2-3-10, Aircraft Equipment Suffixes.

  1. Item 4. True Airspeed (TAS Knots). Enter two-to- four digits for TAS in knots; M followed by three digits for Mach number; or SC for “speed classified.”
  2. Item 5. Departure Point. Enter two-to-twelve alphanumeric and slant characters for name or identifier of the departure airport or point over which the flight plan is activated.
  3. Item 6. Departure Time. Enter departure time in UTC.
  4. Item 7. Cruising Altitude. Proposed altitude or flight level using two-to-seven characters; for example, 80 or 080, OTP, OTP/125, VFR, ABV/060.
  5. Item 8. Route of Flight. Enter identifiers for airways or jet routes to clearly indicate the proposed flight path. For direct flight, use names or identifiers of navigation aids, Navigation Reference System (NRS) waypoints, and geographical points or coordinates. If more than one airway or jet route is to be flown, clearly indicate the transition points.

NOTE-

  1. On some direct flights beyond the departure center's airspace, it may be necessary to include a fix in the adjacent center's airspace or latitude/longitude coordinates, as appropriate, to facilitate computer acceptance. Local procedures should be applied to these special situations.
  2. NRS waypoints consist of five alphanumeric characters, which include the ICAO Flight Information Region (FIR) identifier, followed by the letter corresponding to the FIR subset (ARTCC area for the contiguous U.S.), the latitude increment in single digit or group form, and the longitude increment.

EXAMPLE-

“KD34U”

  1. Item 9. Destination. Enter two-to-twelve alphanumeric and/or slant characters for name or identifier of the destination airport or point over which the flight plan is to be canceled.
  2. Item 10. Estimated Time En route. Enter in hours and minutes the total elapsed time between departure and destination in four-digit format, for example, 0215.
  3. Item 11. Remarks. Information necessary for ATC, search and rescue operations, and any other data pertinent to the flight or provided by the pilot. For RM: field only - Use 1-80 characters beginning with *, #, $, or %. (See TBL 5-2-6.)

TBL 5-2-6

*

transmit remarks to all centers.

#

transmit remarks to departure centers only.

$

transmit remarks only to those addresses in the CP field of the flight notification message.

%

for remarks not to be transmitted.

  1. Item 12. Fuel on Board. Enter in hours and minutes in four-digit format; for example, 0330.
  2. Item 13. Alternate Airport/s. Enter the location identifier if specified by the pilot.
  3. Item 14. Pilot's Name, Telephone Number, Aircraft's Home Base. Self-explanatory.

NOTE-

Pilot's name not required if BASEOPS/Aircraft Operators name and contact data is provided.

  1. Item 15. Number Aboard. Self-explanatory.
  2. Item 16. Color of Aircraft. Use authorized contractions when available. (See TBL 5-2-7.)

TBL 5-2-7
Code and Color

Code

Color

Code

Color

A

Amber

B

Blue

BE

Beige

BK

Black

BR

Brown

G

Green

GD

Gold

GY

Gray

M

Maroon

O

Orange

OD

Olive Drab

P

Purple

PK

Pink

R

Red

S

Silver

T

Tan

TQ

Turquoise

V

Violet

W

White

Y

Yellow

NOTE-

  1. For ICAO flight plans, see Appendix A.
  2. Local procedures may be developed for use on the reverse side of FAA Form 7233-1.
  1. OUTBOUNDS DEPARTING FROM OUTSIDE FLIGHT PLAN AREA

For domestic flight plans, accept flight plans regardless of departure point within the NAS. Forward the complete VFR flight plan proposals for aircraft proposing to depart from outside the facility's flight plan area to the tie-in facility/sector for the departure and destination points. A complete flight plan for civilian flights (except stereo routes) includes FAA Form 7233-4 Item 19 Supplemental Information sent in a separate SPL message. Insert the originator of the flight plan into Item 18 of the FPL following the indicator ORGN/. VFR Department of Defense (DOD)/military flight plans and civilian stereo route flight plans can still be filed using FAA Form 7233-1, or electronic equivalent.

NOTE-

FPL and SPL message formats may be found in Appendix D, Service B Message Formats.

  1. FLIGHT PLANS WITH AREA NAVIGATION (RNAV) ROUTES IN DOMESTIC U.S. AIRSPACE
  1. Use FAA Form 7233-4, International Flight Plan, and use the following guidelines for pilots filing flight plans in domestic U.S. airspace if automatic assignment of any of the following RNAV routes are desired:
  1. RNAV standard instrument departure (SID);
  2. RNAV standard terminal arrival route (STAR); and/or
  3. RNAV point-to-point (PTP).
  1. ICAO Flight Plan procedures are located in Appendix A.