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Aircraft Type in a FAA Flight Plan

Aircraft Type in a FAA Flight Plan

Filing a FAA flight plan and not sure what to put in the aircraft type box? Lets go through some common examples and how to find out what what to put for your aircraft.

Old FAA Flight Plan (Form 7233-1)

Aircraft type is section 3 in the old (being phased out in 2017) FAA flight plan form:FAA Flight Plan Aircraft Type

New International (and valid for Domestic) ICAO Flight Plan (Form 7233-4)

The new ICAO flight plan form is the ‘preferred’ format, and will be your only option when the FAA phase out the old form in 2017. It says ‘international’ at the top, but this form is good for both international and domestic flight plans, The aircraft type is part of section 9 in the new ICAO form:

ICAO Flight Plan Aircraft Type

Searchable ICAO Aircraft Type Designators

The FAA guidance (FAA ICAO Flight Planning Interface Reference Guide) says the aircraft type must be “an approved type designator consistent with ICAO Doc. 8643”. You can find the full searchable list of ICAO compliant designators at http://www.icao.int/anb/ais/8643/index.cfm:

ICAO Searchable Aircraft Type Designators

And if you are flying something that is not listed (maybe a home built experimental), you can
insert the characters ZZZZ and enter the aircraft type in the remarks section 11 (or other information section 18 on an international ICAO flight plan).

So lets go through some relatively common examples of aircraft and their ICAO type designators:

  • Robinson R22 (all models) = R22
  • Robinson R44 (all models) = R44
  • Schweizer 300 = H269
  • Enstrom F28 = EN28
  • Guimbal Cabri G2 = G2CA
  • AS350  or H125 = AS50
  • EC130  or H130 = EC30
  • Bell 206 (JetRanger & LongRanger) = B06
  • Bell 407 = B407

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FAA Mobile

FAA Mobile is a mobile optimized website with quick links to the following:

  • N-number lookup
  • Airport Status & Delays
  • Advisory Circulars
  • NOTAMS
  • FSDO Locator
  • Reporting a laser incident or wildlife strike

It also features Mobile-optimized Runway Safety Flashcards & Quiz – great for when you are revising for a checkride:
FAA Mobile Flash Cards Example

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How a NOTAM is born

Over the past few weeks KBDN (Bend, Oregon) airport has had large formations of geese flying over the field, usually south to north or vice-versa at around 200 to 300 feet. I’ve personally witnessed a couple of near misses with aircraft. One such time I was supervising my student as he did his preflight as three huge formations overflew the field, one coming close to a departing airplane. So I called the airport manager to tell him about the situation – thinking he might send out an email or perhaps consult a wildlife specialist (to find ways to deter the birds maybe). About 2 hours later I was doing my usual preflight planning for the next flight and found the following NOTAM* and email had been issued:

I have received a report, verified by Unicom, that pilots are reporting a high number of migrating geese at around 300’ AGL although the elevation could vary considerably.

Please use caution and be aware that a NOTAM for this situation has been issued. Although being close to Thanksgiving it might bring some smiles this is a legitimate NOTAM issued for your safety.

!MMV 11/082 BDN AD GEESE ACTIVITY NEAR AIRPORT 1311271948-1312111948EST

This is a courtesy notice only. Dates and times may change. The only official source of NOTAM information is from the FAA Flight Service Station systems.

Bottom line is we are all responsible for safety – see something that doesn’t look right or might be a safety issue – speak to someone about it.

 

*NOTAM = Notice to Airmen – to alert pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight. More information, see 5-1-3 in the AIM.

Check for current NOTAMs by speaking to a flight briefer (1-800-WX-BRIEF) or https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWeb/

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