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- Agency Publishes Online Resource for North Atlantic Operations
- September 17, 2012
The FAA recently published an online resource providing U.S. operators with consolidated guidance related to operations in the North Atlantic (NAT). The document includes an overview of the NAT airspace, information related to RNP 10 and RNP 4, datalink, RVSM operations, LOAs, ICAO flight plan changes, current and planned initiatives and many other helpful resources and contacts. View the FAA's NAT Resources for U.S. Operators.
- Reduced Longitudinal Separation Minimum (RLongSM) Trial
- September 17, 2012
The FAA has issued an InFO advising pilots and operators that a trial aimed at establishing lower aircraft separation minima has been implemented within the Gander and Shanwick Oceanic Control Areas in the North Atlantic (NAT) airspace. The Reduced Longitudinal Separation Minimum (RLongSM) Trail will help in obtaining optimum vertical profiles by reducing the longitudinal separation requirement from 10 minutes to 5 for eligible aircraft. No application is required – pilots simply have to request a change in altitude, be properly equipped and have MNPS approval. Aircraft will benefit by having a greater opportunity to climb to more fuel-efficient levels as well as change speed or altitude due to turbulence or bad weather. View the InFO.
- SATCOM as Primary ATC Communication in North Atlantic: Awaiting ICAO Approval
- December 10, 2010
While NBAA previously reported that SATCOM was approved as a primary means of communication when conducting flights in the North Atlantic (NAT) Region, it appears that this announcement was premature. The proposal making the necessary amendments has been circulated to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member states and no objections have been registered, but final approval by the ICAO Council is still pending. NBAA will notify Members once final approval by the ICAO Council is granted. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Operators Urged to Review Updated Guidance on Gross Navigation Errors
- June 20, 2007
Business aviation continues to account for a disproportionate number of the North Atlantic (NAT) gross navigation errors. This is not only a safety issue but also a recurring setback for an otherwise exemplary component of the aviation industry. To help address this issue, the NAT Program Coordination Office has updated their Oceanic Errors Safety Bulletin guidance to contain an expanded sample oceanic checklist. Download the Bulletin.