International Ops 2018

Flight Service Bureau | OPSGROUP

Author: Alan Lewison

Australia: GPS requirements relaxed

The implementation day for Australia switching off Navaids remains the same: 26MAY2016, but the GPS requirements are relaxed – a little – especially for foreign private operators.

If you’re Australia based:

  • You’ll have seen this coming and will already be RNP1/2 compliant. CASA has no exceptions.


If you’re a Foreign Operator and have RNP1/2:

  • After 26MAY2016, if you’re RNP1/2 compliant, put it in the Flight Plan (read on), and that’s about it.


If you’re a Foreign Operator and you don’t have RNP1/2:

  • Australia has a Two Year Transition for Foreign Operators after 26MAY
  • An “Acceptable Means of Compliance” is contained in CASA EX06/16
  • Notify CASA in advance using Form “Notification to operate aircraft on RNP 2 routes and/or RNP 1 procedures using GNSS based RNAV 1 & RNAV 2”
  • If you are a non-commercial operator – ie. operating a Private flight, then compliance is not mandatory. According to CASA, through a release to IBAC, “Only commercial operators that can comply with the requirements and want RNP 1 and RNP 2 traffic services are required to apply for an exemption. “


Flight Planning:

  • If you have RNP2 – put GRZ in Field 10a and NAV/RNP2 in Field 18.
  • If you don’t, then you must operate according to Australia’s “Acceptable Means of Compliance” and put RMK/CASA RNP AMC in Field 18.
  • If you don’t, and you’re a private operator, probably worth a RMK/NEG RNP PVT FLT or similar.
  • Keep an eye on the charts – a bunch of new 5 letter waypoints are coming, to replace the VOR’s and NDB’s being switched off.



Dutch overflights: Special Permits

The Netherlands has revised procedures for obtaining Special Permission for overflying or landing aircraft on delivery, ferry flights, or other circumstances where a normal Certificate of Airworthiness is not in place.

The government charge for this is €267. Questions should be directed to our ferry team at

Eurocontrol – Cargo Flights alerts

In 2012, the EU put in place the EU ACC3 program – air carriers that fly cargo or mail from a non-EU airport to an EU airport must ensure that all cargo and mail carried to the EU is physically screened or comes from a secure supply chain which is validated.

Air carrier stations in third countries are required to have undergone an audit to obtain an EU Aviation Security Validation in order to acquire or maintain their ACC3 designation. This validation needs to be reissued every five years, according to the EU Regulations.

On 01FEB16, Eurocontrol set up a NM ACC3 alerting system –  checking Flight Plans, and sending a message to the European Commission and the relevant EU Member State/s when a flight is identified as not having the correct ACC3 accreditation.



Australia is turning off its Navaids – are you ready?

On the 26th of May, Australia will switch off around 180 different VOR’s, NDB’s, and other ground-based Navaids. Those that escape the cull – about 245 of them – will form the basis of their new “Backup Navigation Network”, or BNN.

For International Operators, in short, Australia wants you to navigate with GNSS as your primary means of navigation. The new standards, from 26MAY, are:

  • Oceanic Routes: RNP4 if able, otherwise RNP10
  • Continental Routes: RNP2
  • SIDs and STARs: RNP1
  • Non Precision approaches: RNP APCH (ie. RNAV(GNSS)

CASA will issue an exemption if you have an existing RNAV1 or RNAV2 approval based on GNSS from your National Authority, but you must have either the above RNP capabilities, or the exemption, to operate in Australian Airspace from 26MAY.

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