In a continuous effort to mitigate the risk of traffic conflict caused by non-normal events (i.e. aircraft navigation errors, height deviation errors and turbulence induced altitude-keeping errors), arrives an amendment to SLOP within the release of NAT Doc 007 v.2019-3.  With the density of traffic only increasing in the NAT, provisions needed to be made that would further reduce the risk of conflict when leaving an assigned track.

Read more: Strategic Lateral Offset Procedure changes with Nat Doc 007 v.2019-3

Effective immediately with FAA Order N8900.491 and no later than June 30, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration has decommissioned OpSpec/MSpec/LOA A153 & A353 for ABS-B Out Operations.  The measure discards requirements for ADS-B Out operational approval and removes the administrative burden on operators needing to apply for and maintain the OpSpec/MSpec/LOA for ABS-B Out Operations.

Read more: Decommissioning of OpSpec/MSpec/LOA A153 & A353 ADS-B Out Operations

Updated! 7-8-2019

As so often happens after an incident, regulators and local airport authorities call for increased levels of inspection. In this case, we are talking about Mexico.

The recent incident in Mexico involving a foreign-operated Challenger with a mechanical problem brought several other issues to light. The significant mechanical failure served as a catalyst for making local customs officials aware of the aircraft’s poor maintenance record and recordkeeping. Furthermore, it was discovered that this aircraft was operating as a private flight when clearly it was a charter.

Read more: Mexico turns up the heat

Scott International Procedures Training brief on ASEPS: Advanced Surveillance – Enhanced Procedural Separation, North Atlantic space based ADS-B trials beginning on 28 Mar 2019

The NAT OPS BULLETIN 2018-006 covers the ASEPS trial procedures for the NAT airspace. The North Atlantic contingency procedures have also changed to support the NAT ASEPS trials.

The North Atlantic airspace is becoming more complex which requires correct procedures be followed to ensure the new separations given, RCP240, and ASEPS are achieved.

This Scott International Procedures Training brief breaks out both NAT OPS Bulletin 2018-006 “Trial Implementation of ASEPS using ADS-B” and the NAT OPS BULLETIN 2018-005 REV 1 “Special Procedures for In-Flight Contingencies in Oceanic Airspace."

NAT Doc 007 North Atlantic Airspace Operations Manual is also covered in this briefing video.

Written by Shawn Scott 3/18/2019

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