The ICAO-based Domestic Flight Notification was introduced on 17 July 1998. Some cosmetic changes have been recommended, accepted and introduced in the second version of the form.
Airservices Australia is committed to ensuring that activities within Australian airspace are standardised with international practice.
The ICAO Flight Notification form was introduced to coincide with the commissioning of The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS). This system uses the data from flight notifications to provide air traffic controllers with the information needed to process and service flights in and around controlled airspace.
Pilots are not required, as they once were, to lodge details about tracks, headings, true air and ground speeds or time intervals. However, this does not absolve them from the responsibility of preparing a flight and fuel plan for their flight.
The methodology used by individual pilots to prepare their plans is a matter of choice, but good aviation practice and common sense dictates that a careful plan is the key to a good flight.
Information Required on the Form
The information now required by ATS to deliver air traffic control is limited to the following:
- information about the aircraft
- the radio and communications equipment on board
- the departure and destination points of the flight
- the planned route
- the cruising speed of the aircraft
- a SARTIME
- the emergency equipment on board
- the number of passengers on board
- details of the pilot
The flight notification form is divided into a number of boxes or items. Each of these items requires information delivered in a specific way.
The AIP has a complete summary of all possible options for the flight notification form in AIP ENR 1.10 Appendix 2.
The current Australian Domestic Flight Notification Form itself can be found and printed from AIP ENR 1.10 Appendix 1.
The information contained in this web document does not replace ERSA, AIP or NOTAM. It should only be used in conjunction with current operational documents. The information herein is subject to change.
It is emphasised that the flight notification form is NOT a flight plan. What you do in flight has not changed, and the requirements for flights under the IFR and VFR have not changed (see AIP and ERSA). It is recommended that pilots consult AIP ENR 1.10 for the requirements on flight planning and flight notification.
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