International Ops 2018

Flight Service Bureau | OPSGROUP

Author: Ben Zavadil (page 1 of 2)

Expanded Canadian ADIZ

As of May 24, Canada has expanded its ADIZ to include all its national territory in the Arctic Archipelago.


Requirements for operations in the ADIZ remain the same. You’ll need a transponder with altitude reporting and a working two-way radio. Remember, you’ll need to include the time and location of ADIZ border crossing in your flight plans RMK section.

Full AIC 2/18 for the detailed lat/long of the expanded area here.

Singapore Changi (WSSS) Departure Clearance by Datalink

Starting April 23rd, 2018, Changi Airport (WSSS) will begin giving departure clearance (DCL) via datalink, on certain routes. The idea is to clear up voice communications when DCL can be used. Full details listed in CAAS AIP SUP 013/2018.

To use this, you’ll need ACARS, and be compliant with EUROCAE ED85-A. You’ll login to the ground system at WSSS.

The departures are as below:

– Destinations in Peninsular Malaysia via ATS Routes A457 and B466
– Destinations in Thailand via ATS Routes B466 and B469 / M751
– Destinations in Indonesia via ATS Route A457, R469 and B470
– Destinations in Australia and New Zealand via ATS Route B470
– Flights with allocated Calculated Take-Off Time (CTOT) under Bay of Bengal Cooperative Air Traffic Flow Management (BOBCAT)

A few other notes:

-The DCL message will not include requested crusing levels and final cruising levels. Your planned flight level in 15b will be used, and ATC will give cruise FL when airborne. Sounds like they won’t entertain any requests for a different FL while on the ground.

-No revisions allowed over datalink, all changes must be made by voice comms.

-Make your request with RCD message (see format in attached AIC) no more than 20 minutes before TOBT. If you’ve got a CTOT under BOBCAT, you’l need to put that in the message. If you’re routing via ANITO B470, list your FL at ANITO crossing.

If your DCL is rejected, you’ll get a “revert to voice procedures” message. A few auto-rejects:
-Flight routes not applicable.
-RCD message doesn’t comply with ED-85A or inaccurate data.
-Invalid TOBT
-When required due to flow restrictions.

Operating out of WSSS soon?  CAAS AIP SUP 013/2018 is worth a read.

Cape Town – No Fuel!

FACT/Cape Town is facing a fuel restriction, no fuel available as of now (20 MAR 2018). The reason for the restriction is not known, but we have reached out to several suppliers who have all confirmed the same information.

We’re checking up to find the reasoning, as well as an estimated date of availability.

If you have any additional information, you can reach out at

Some US GPS Jamming (it’s just a test)

If you’re flying the Great Falls area (KGTF) from now until March 6th, you’ll want to watch out for some GPS outages due to testing.

Right now, they’re testing daily from 1631z-20z, and the impact is all about how high you’re flying. You could lose WAAS, GBAS, and ADS-B.

See the ranges here:

If you do experience outages, you’re asked to only contact ATC if you’re in need of assistance, not to report any outages.

222NM RADIUS AT 10000FT 

The full FAA text is here:


Full details: Curacao FIR denying airspace entry if you haven’t prepaid

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France Conditional Routes

Having fun in France airspace on peak days? France has just published their list of Conditional Routes (CTRs). You’ll be able to use these on busy Fridays and certain holidays:

FRI 20 APR, 27 APR ;
FRI 04 MAY, 11 MAY, 18 MAY, 25 MAY
FRI 01 JUN, 08 JUN, 15 JUN, 22 JUN, 29 JUN
FRI 06 JUL, 13 JUL, 20 JUL, 27 JUL
FRI 03 AUG, 10 AUG, 17 AUG, 24 AUG, 31 AUG
FRI 07 SEP, 14 SEP, 21 SEP, 28 SEP
FRI 05 OCT, 12 OCT, 19 OCT, 26 OCT.

From 1000-1500UTC, the following will have priorty for General Aviation Traffic:

UL722 (ANNET-KORUL above FL275)
UP620 (CAMBO-KORUL above FL275)
UN862 (UVUDO-OSMOB above FL 285)
UT21 (TOU-DIVKO above FL335)


From 0700-1700UTC:


You can read the full AIP SUP 025/18 here.

Happy Valentines Day!

We took the day here at FSB to make you all some sweet Valentines Day cards. We think we did pretty well, and we know you all love aviation puns.

Print them out, fold them out, and you’re done planning your Valentines Day!

I’m Plane Crazy About You!
Our Love will never stall…
You’re the Prist to my Jet-A
It’s Plane to see, you’ve got me in a tailspin

If you’d like all four, you can get them here.


Happy Valentines Day!

Flying to the Superb Owl?

So you’re heading to watch some sports games in Minnesota. We’ve got to be careful to not call it a certain thing, so we’ve taken to calling it the Superb Owl. If you’re operating to the Minneapolis area between Jan 31 and Feb 7, you’ll need a few items:

Ramp Reservations:
MSP: +1 612 726 5700 /
STP: +1 612 726 9086 /

Contact them right away for ramp space, it’s going fast, and it’s all first come, first serve. Once you get your reservation number, you’ll need to include that in your RMK section of the flight plan.

Those will be the two main airports, but if you’re operating to these other airports, contact the local FBO or airport authority to get your ramp reservation:

 Flying Cloud Airport FCM
 Crystal Airport MIC
 South St. Paul Municipal/ Richard E. Fleming Field SGS
 Airlake Airport LVN
 Anoka County-Blaine/Janes Field ANE
 Lake Elmo Airport 21D
 Albert Lea Municipal Airport AEL
 Austin Municipal Airport AUM
 Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport BRD
 Buffalo Municipal Airport CFE
 Duluth Airport DLH
 Chippewa Valley Regional/Eau Claire Airport EAU
 Faribault Municipal Airport FBL
 La Crosse Regional Airport LSE
 Maple Lake Municipal Airport MGG
 Mankato Regional Airport MKT
 Simenstad Municipal/Osceola Airport OEO
 Owatonna/Degner Regional Airport OWA
 Red Wing Regional Airport RGK
 Rochester International Airport RST
 St. Cloud Regional Airport STC
 New Richmond Regional Airport RNH

Required Routes:
Keep an eye on this site:, the FAA will be updating preferred routes for MSP/STP. Be sure you’re being diligent in closing your flight plan upon landing. They’ll be refusing any airborne IFR filing or airborne changes of destination within 250NM of Minneapolis airspace.

Flying Internationally?
You’ll need to get your landing rights from CBP. Email at, and include:
-Aircraft Registration and Type
-Names of Crew members
-Foreign Departure Point
-Arrival Location and Time (in local time)
-Number of Pax and Crews.

They actually want the eAPIS to be submitted prior to landing rights request, so make sure to send that in so they see it in the system.

Also, don’t plan on flying within 10NM of the stadium on Sunday, as the TSA needs to make a full inspection of your aircraft. Keep this in mind if you’re planning on operating on Sunday (during the game) because both MSP and STP are within 10NM of the airport (also MIC). The FBO can help you schedule your inspection if required.

Within 30NM of the stadium (the second circle), you must be in constant contact with ATC, and have a working transponder. They will scramble the jets for this event. You can use 121.5 if you’re not in contact for any reason.

For any additional information, the FAAs site has you covered:

Enjoy the game!

NAT Expanded data link mandate

It’s time for everyone’s favourite topic – DATA LINK MANDATE! New things are happening on December 7th. Don’t worry, we’ll help.

Right Now, if you’re using the NAT tracks, between FL350-390, you’re mandated to use data link services. Simply put, you must be equipped with CPDLC and ADS-C (FANS 1/A ready and able).

On December 7th 2017, the data link mandate will expand to the entire ICAO NAT Region between FL350-390, with a few exceptions. We’ve got the image below showing you the area. White routes are exempt, as well as the grey border areas (we like the Big Fish).

-Everything north of 80°North
-New York Oceanic East FIR (was previously all of NY Oceanic)
-Routes T9, T213, T13, T16, T25. (see: The Tango Routes)
-The Blue Spruce Routes (white lines)
-Areas that currently have radar, multilateration (is this a word?) and/or ADS-B. (the grey areas)
Note: If any of the NAT Tracks go into the grey areas, you won’t be exempt while on the tracks.

Be ready, January 30th, 2020, all of the NAT ICAO Region will have the Data Link Mandate, above FL290, including the Tango Routes as well as those little grey areas.

To figure out where you are welcome on the NAT, depending on what equipment and training you have, check out our quick and dirty guide here.

For more details about the datalink mandate, you can read the UK AIC in full here.


RWSL: Red Means STOP!

As you may know, the FAA is working on Runway Status Lights (RWSL). It’s a new system that’s live at 20 airports in the US. Basically, you get a nice set of red lights (embedded in the ramp) that tell you whether it’s safe or not to proceed. These lights are installed (or placed or located) at the entrance of the runway and at the start of takeoff. If any of these lights are red, you don’t go. Simple as that.

Diagram of RWSL

These lights are fully automated and completely independent of ATC, which means they do not have a clue if the lights are red or not. This is intentional. If you get clearance from ATC, and you see red lights, the red lights take precedence over the controller. The FAA has issued SAFO17011, stating:

There have been several instances at RWSL airports where flightcrews have ignored the illuminated red in-pavement RWSL lights when issued a clearance by Air Traffic Control (ATC). Illuminated RWSLs mean aircraft/vehicles stop or remain stopped and contact ATC for further direction, relaying to ATC that the RWSLs are illuminated.

This system will be expanding throughout the United States, and you can read more about the system here: FAA Runway Status Lights.

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