The use of the new procedures for Oceanic Contingencies and Weather deviation Procedures is coincident with the start of the Advanced Surveillance-Enhanced Procedural Separation, known as (ASEPS) trials which takes advantage of Spaced Based (SB ADS-B ). The SAT ADS-B trials will in effect reduce our separation requirements and allow ATC to apply these reductions if the aircraft is equipped with FANS 1/A+ CPDLC, ADS-C, RNP4, RCP240, and RSP180 capable and equipped with ADS-B.  The new procedures go into effect 28 March 2019.  Your ScottIPC App containing these procedures will be updated to reflect the new procedures on the 28th as well. 

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The North Atlantic will begin a trial program utilizing sat based ADS-B called Advanced Surveillance-Enhanced Procedural Separation (ASEPS).  This trial will commence in the Shanwick, Gander and Santa Maria Oceanic Control Areas which will commence on or soon after 28th of March 2019. Aircraft need not apply to participate in the trials as long as they are capable of RNP 4 and RCP 240 where ADS-B service is provided and Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) is available. The use of Sat based ADS-B will enable ATC to provide reduced Longitudinal separations to appropriately equipped aircraft.

Read more: Trial Implementation of ASEPS using ADS-B starting 28 March 2019 in the NAT

The familiar welcome message one gets after log on with CPDLC is being replaced with a request to set your Latency timer to a particular value.  This has come about because there have been instances where a delayed CPDLC message was acted upon well after the permissible time frame, in some cases after the message should have expired and not be delivered.

Read more: CPDLC Welcome Message to be replaced with Latency settings

UPDATE ON PBCS REQUIREMENTS:  Today 29 Mar 2018 is the deadline for the PBCS capability requirement that allows ATC to provide aircraft with reduced separations based on flight plan entries.   Entries for block 10A are now required to show your Required Communication Performance.  U.S. Part 91 operators have until 30 Sep 2018 to have the A056 approval reflect the PBCS capabilities. 

Read more: Performance-Based Communication and Surveillance (PBCS)