5.02 Operational Flight Plan

The Minimum Required Content of an Operational Flight Plan is:

  1. * air operator's name;
  2. * date;
  3. * aeroplane registration;
  4. * aeroplane tail number (as applicable);
  5. * aeroplane type and model (as applicable);
  6. * flight number (as applicable);
  7. * type of flight (IFR or VFR) (not required if all the air operator's flights are the same);
  8. * pilot-in-command's name;
  9. * flight dispatcher's name (as applicable);
  10. * departure aerodrome;
  11. * destination aerodrome;
  12. * alternate aerodrome (as applicable), including enroute alternates where required;
  13. * routing to destination by successive navigational way points and a method to obtain associated tracks for each;
  14. * routing to alternate aerodrome (as applicable);
  15. * specification of any way points enroute to satisfy special operations requirements (ETOPS, etc.);
  16. * planned cruise altitudes to destination and alternate (as applicable);
  17. * planned cruise true air speed;
  18. * planned cruise indicated air speed, or mach number (as applicable);
  19. * winds at planned cruise altitude: these may be expressed in terms of direction/velocity or as a component/drift angle;
  20. * temperature at cruise altitude;
  21. * ground speed or wind component during cruise;
  22. * estimated time enroute: if broken down into way point time components, a total shall be specified;
  23. * time from destination to alternate (as applicable);
  24. * distance to destination: if broken down into way point distance components, a total shall be specified;
  25. * distance from destination to alternate (as applicable);
  26. * fuel burn enroute and from destination to alternate;
  27. * fuel required for the type of flight plan for (as applicable):
    1. taxi;
    2. destination;
    3. alternate;
    4. holding reserve; and
    5. additional requirements or enroute reserve (as applicable);
  28. * weights:
    1. total fuel on board;
    2. zero fuel weight, and
    3. planned maximum take-off weight;
  29. *signature of pilot-in-command and the flight dispatcher (as applicable) or alternate means of certifying acceptance; and
  30. * number of persons on board, crew and passengers, as amended by final load figures.

The format of the full operational flight plan shall allow the crew to record the fuel state and the progress of the flight relative to the plan. The operational flight plan may be computer generated or produced manually, working from charts and tables, by either the flight dispatcher or the flight crew. When an operational flight plan is prepared manually, dispatchers will use (name of air operator) approved manual flight plan form

The dispatcher's name will appear on the computer flight plan indicating the dispatchers acceptance. The Captain will sign the flight plan after thoroughly checking its contents. The signing of the flight plan indicates the Captain's approval and acceptance. All discrepancies must be resolved by the Captain and dispatcher prior to the signing of the flight plan.

Manual flight plans will be sent (indicate by which means example FAX teletype etc.) to the pilot-in-command displaying the dispatchers signature in the appropriate box of the manual flight plan.

(Air operators should include here or a reference to a manual that outlines the procedures used by operational control personnel to formulate a computer flight plan)

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