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Flight plan changes take effect

Article | Oct 24, 2013

Effective Oct. 24, the FAA has replaced some of the suffixes used to describe on-board equipment in domestic flight plans.

ICAO flight plan now required for all border crossings

Article | May 15, 2013

Mandatory use of International Civil Aviation Organization flight plans has expanded to include all border crossings, even if only an overflight.

New ATC phraseology for RNAV approaches

Article | Apr 30, 2013

Instrument pilots flying RNAV-equipped aircraft should expect to hear some slightly different phraseology from air traffic controllers beginning June 3.

FAA eases IFR departure rule for RNAV aircraft

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2013

The FAA, making an exception to a standing rule, has begun to permit aircraft using satellite navigation to receive clearances and depart under IFR from nontowered airports more than 40 nautical miles from an operating ground-based navigation aid, and without radar monitoring.

IFR Fix: Crossing LAFLN

IFR Fix | Feb 08, 2013

Checking the chart to see what lies ahead along the airway, you scrutinize an intersection 14 miles distant, where another airway crosses. There's a difference in the low-altitude enroute chart's depiction of how each airway arrives at the fix.

FAA proposes RNAV route modification in Alaska

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

The FAA has proposed to modify low-altitude RNAV route T–266 in Alaska by removing two nondirectional beacons (NDBs) from the route description and replacing them with RNAV waypoints. Members are encouraged to submit comments on the proposal by March 8.

Denver's new STARs showcase NextGen potential

Advocacy | Dec 19, 2012

New RNAV arrival procedures at Denver International Airport are benefiting from the efficiencies of performance-based navigation without curtailing general aviation's access to the airspace or satellite airports.

IFR Fix: The Z-Y-X of IAPs

Article | Sep 28, 2012

If straight-in instrument approach procedures have a runway number in their title, and circling approaches get letters, why do some IAPs have both? It all flows from the FAA's IAP naming convention, a nuanced system for naming IAPs as descriptively as possible.

Inspector general critical of FAA NextGen effort

Advocacy | Aug 14, 2012

The FAA lacks adequate staff, and adequate planning, to realize the benefits of NextGen at the nation's busiest airports. That conclusion was announced in a report issued Aug. 1 by the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, which found the FAA response lacking in key areas and recommended changes.