The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released a North Atlantic Operations Bulletin to help operators with new navigation requirements and advancements. Developed by the North Atlantic Systems Planning Group (NAT SPG), the ops bulletin provides background information and guidance material that could be included in pilot and dispatch training programs and operations manuals of North Atlantic Track (NAT) operations.
The information covers FANS-1/A, which is used in the NAT region for controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) and for position reporting through Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C). NAT SPG developed the procedures to facilitate a uniform application of standards and recommended practices involving operations, communications, and air traffic services. The ops bulletin guides operators on procedures, documentation and training programs.
FANS-1/A requirements are being incrementally rolled out in the NAT, covering FL350 to FL390 beginning at the end of last year and expanding to FL290 and above throughout the ICAO NAT region beginning Jan. 30, 2020. Flight crews need to be equipped for and ensure a FANS (CPDLC/ADS-C) connection before entering the affected NAT oceanic airspace.