Pilots Must Notify ATC When Deviating From Planned Course
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) sent notice to
its members Monday that the FAA has issued an Information for
Operators (InFO) message regarding operations over oceans. The InFO
stresses the need for pilots to coordinate with the appropriate ATC
facility when they plan a maneuver away from a cleared route in
Recent technology onboard air carrier, Future Air Navigation
System (FANS)-equipped aircraft and in oceanic ATC facilities has
meant that maneuvers away from planned tracks in excess of
strategic lateral offset procedures can be automatically
NBAA says that as ATC capacity enhancements such as reduced
aircraft separation come into use, maneuvers away from assigned
track without coordination become a greater concern.
Operators are strongly encouraged to maintain or refresh their
awareness of the need for timely and effective communication of a
crew's intentions and/or actions regarding maneuvers in oceanic and
other non-radar airspace.
Much like a safety alert for operators (SAFO), which contains
critical safety information, an InFO message contains valuable
information for operators that should help them meet administrative
requirements or certain regulatory requirements with relatively low
urgency or impact on safety. InFOs contain information and
recommended action to be taken by the respective operators
identified in each InFO message.