ICAO and Domestic Flight Plans
ICAO 2012 New Flight Plan Format
Starting on November 15th, 2012, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) flight plans will follow a new format. These changes are meant to more accurately convey the capabilities of an aircraft to air traffic control, and allow for more efficient use of airspace. The new format requires pilots/filers to include additional equipment codes and comments about equipment installed in their aircraft. Garmin wishes to offer general guidance to our customers on deciding what information to include when using the new flight plan format. A linked excel spreadsheet has been created to summarize the changes, found on the tab marked ICAO Flight Plans & Eligibility.
Currently, two flight plan forms exist: FAA Form 7233-1 for domestic flight plans, and FAA Form 7233-4 for international flight plans. After November 15th, 2012, the new ICAO flight plan format (FAA Form 7233-4) will be required for all flights that meet the following criteria:
- The flight will enter international airspace (including Oceanic airspace controlled by FAA facilities)
- The flight expects routing or separation based on Performance Based Navigation, e.g. RNAV 1 SIDs or STARs
- The flight will enter RVSM airspace
- The flight expects services based on ADS-B
Domestic flights that do not meet the criteria listed above can continue to use the domestic flight plan form. See the section below outlining changes to the FAA Domestic Flight Plan Format.
The portions of the ICAO flight plan format that will likely affect most owners of Garmin products include Item 10 (Equipment and Capabilities) and Item 18 (Other Information). Item 10 is reserved for equipment codes based on the avionics installed in the aircraft. It consists of two parts, one for navigation equipment and one for the type of transponder installed, separated with an oblique stroke (/). Depending on the options entered in Item 10, you may also be required to enter information into Item 18. This field covers Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and RNAV Specifications. If the aircraft and crew are approved for RNP operations, you can also use RNP codes for Item 18. This page, along with the links below, outlines what information is expected to be entered in your flight plan for Items 10 and 18. The capabilities of your Garmin avionics may also be outlined in your Approved Flight Manual Supplement (AFMS).
FAA 2013 New Domestic Flight Plan Format
Starting October 23rd, 2013, the FAA has updated the equipment suffixes for domestic flight plans. The goal is to more accurately indicate the Global Navigation Satellite System capabilities of aircraft flying domestically. The /R, /Q, /E, /F, /J, and /K suffixes have been removed and replaced with new suffixes. The new suffixes are /L, /G, /Z, and /I. The new suffixes are based on aircraft having RNAV capability, GNSS capability, and RVSM capability. Operators should utilize the new suffixes for operations that require RNAV capability but not Performance Based Navigation (PBN). If routing based on PBN is required, an ICAO flight plan should be filed. The linked excel spreadsheet outlines the changes on the tab marked ‘FAA Domestic Flight Plans.’
In order to determine Part 91 operational approval for the capabilities found on the Garmin Flight Plan Information Excel File, you will need to access your AFMS, as well as the spreadsheet available for download below. This spreadsheet contains the specific FAA documentation that outlines the different RNAV and RNP capabilities, as well as what is required to conform to the requirements. In most cases, familiarity or an AMFS statement is all that is needed. Some cases require a Letter of Authorization (LOA) from the FAA. This information should be considered as a guide only, and is not guaranteed to be complete. It is up to the operator to determine if approval is required, to seek approval and to ensure compliance.
Download the Garmin Flight Plan Information Excel file now.
It should be noted that the information outlined on this page and contained in the links below regarding compliance with various Advisory Circulars (AC) are to be used for reference only. Since the capabilities of your avionics vary depending upon the installation, it is solely up to the aircraft operators to determine what certifications pertain to them. These certifications are outlined in your AFMS. Additionally, Letters of Authorization (LOA) may also be required to be in compliance with certain operations. The information below is only intended to provide general guidance to a user to determine the qualifications of their Garmin avionics. To the extent allowable by law, Garmin is not liable for any damages resulting from the aircraft operator’s failure to properly file a flight plan in the new ICAO or domestic flight plan format.
For more information on the ICAO flight plan changes, please utilize the links in the "Useful Links" sidebar.
End User License Agreement (EULA)
Garmin ICAO Flight Plan Information Excel File
IMPORTANT-READ CAREFULLY: This GARMIN End-User License Agreement (“EULA”) is a legal agreement between You and Garmin International, Inc. (hereinafter “GARMIN”) for the GARMIN Garmin ICAO Flight Plan Information Excel File software product(s), which may include associated media, printed materials, and “online” or electronic documentation (“SOFTWARE PRODUCT”). By installing, copying, or otherwise using the SOFTWARE PRODUCT, you agree to be bound by the terms of this EULA. If you do not agree to the terms of this EULA, do not install or use the SOFTWARE PRODUCT.
The SOFTWARE PRODUCT is protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties. The SOFTWARE PRODUCT is licensed, not sold.
1. GRANT OF LICENSE. GARMIN grants you the right to install and use copies of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT on your computer. You may use the SOFTWARE PRODUCT only for your personal use.
2. DESCRIPTION OF OTHER RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS.
a) Maintenance of Copyright Notices. You must not remove or alter any copyright notices on any and all copies of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT.
b) Distribution. You may not distribute copies of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT to third parties.
c) Prohibition on Reverse Engineering, Decompilation, and Disassembly. You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the SOFTWARE PRODUCT, except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this limitation.
d) Rental. You may not rent, lease, or lend the SOFTWARE PRODUCT.
e) Transfer. You may permanently transfer all of your rights under this EULA, provided the recipient agrees to the terms of this EULA.
f) Compliance with Applicable Laws. You must comply with all applicable laws regarding use of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT.
3. TERMINATION. This EULA will automatically terminate without notice if you fail to comply with any of the terms and conditions of this EULA. In such event, you must destroy all copies of and immediately cease using the SOFTWARE PRODUCT.
4. COPYRIGHT. All right, title, and interest including but not limited to copyrights, in and to the SOFTWARE PRODUCT and any copies thereof are owned by GARMIN. All rights not expressly granted are reserved by GARMIN.
5. NO SUPPORT. GARMIN will not provide support for the SOFTWARE PRODUCT.
6. EXPORT CONTROL. You agree not to export from anywhere any part of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT provided to You except in compliance with, and with all licenses and approvals required under, applicable export laws, rules and regulations.
7. NO WARRANTIES. GARMIN EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY FOR THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT. THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT AND ANY RELATED DOCUMENTATION IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT. THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT REMAINS WITH YOU. Some states and countries do not permit certain warranty exclusions, so to that extent the above may not apply to you.
8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall GARMIN or its affiliates or suppliers be liable for any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the SOFTWARE PRODUCT, even if GARMIN has been advised of the possibility of such damages. In any case, GARMIN’s entire liability under any provision of this EULA shall be limited to the greater of the amount actually paid by you for the SOFTWARE PRODUCT or US$5.00. Some states and countries do not permit certain liability exclusions or damages limitations, so to that extent the above may not apply to you.
This EULA is governed by the laws of the State of Kansas, U.S.A. without reference to any conflict of laws provision.
Should you have any questions concerning this EULA, or if you desire to contact GARMIN for any reason, please write: Garmin International, Inc., 1200 East 151st Street, Olathe, KS 66062, USA, Attention: General Counsel. This EULA constitutes the entire agreement between you and GARMIN relating to the subject matter thereof.