International Ops 2018

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NAT Airspace Closures

Update 18th Oct: No more events are planned at this time. However, we will keep this page updated with the latest news as we get it.


Sections of NAT airspace are set to close on various different dates in October. This is all due to U.S. and NATO joint military exercise that’s going on, called Formidable Shield, which will mean huge chucks of airspace will be closed to civil ops for many hours.

The basics for each event are the same:

  • Airspace closed, SFC-UNL.
  • Aircraft capable of flying in MNPS airspace will have to keep at least 30nm away from the area, other aircraft will need to keep 60nm away.


Event 1 Happened on 25th Sep. 


Event 2 Happened on 7th Oct.


Event 4Happened on 15th Oct. (Yes, Event 4 happened before Event 3 – just to confuse us!)


Event 3 Happened on 17th Oct.

EUROPE: Third Country Operators (TCO)

A TCO is an authorization issued by EASA to any third-country operator wishing to perform commercial air transport in any of the following European countries:

  • 28 EU Member States
  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland

Plus the following territories:

  • Gibraltar, Aland Islands, Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, Saint-Martin, Mayotte

Applications are made directly to EASA using their application form.

You will need to provide the following documentation:

  • AOC
  • Operating Specifications
  • Insurance

Contact details for applications are made to:

European Aviation Safety Agency
Applications Handling Department
Postfach 10 12 53
D-50452 Köln

Fax: +49 (0)221 89990 ext. 4461

Should EASA deem the application in order the operating authorization process is completed in approximately 30 days.  Some flights can avoid this requirement, such as Air Ambulance or Humanitarian flights.

Please note:

  • Overflights of the above states do not require a TCO permit.
  • EU member states cannot issue a permit for their country if the operator does not already hold a TCO operating authorization.

If you plan to operate to these areas, we’d suggest getting your TCO right away, even if you don’t have a planned flight at the moment.  They can take some time to obtain.

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.



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