What changes are being made to the FAA flight plan requirements in January 2017?


The FAA is transitioning to the FAA Form 7233-4, FAA International Flight Plan, in January of 2017 for all flights to include CONUS operations. The following guidance is applicable to CAP flight filing and to the FAA Form 7233-4, FAA International Flight Plan.

Flight Plan. The PIC must file and activate an FAA flight plan or obtain VFR Flight Following for every flight in a CAP aircraft beyond 50 nautical miles' distance from point of origin. An IC may exempt flights that are part of a supervised mission from this requirement contingent upon alternate flight following procedures.

Call signs. Use the three-letter, three-/four-digit call sign "CAP####". When required to file a flight plan, list the three-letter, three-/four-digit call sign "CAP####" in the "AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION" block of the FAA Form 7233-4, FAA International Flight Plan, in lieu of the aircraft registration "N" number. List the aircraft registration "N" number in the "OTHER INFORMATION" block of the FAA Form 7233-4, FAA International Flight Plan, as REG/(Registration "N" Number here); example: REG/N#####. Call Signs will consist of no more than seven characters and will utilize letters and numbers only; no dashes, spaces, hyphens, or additional zeros. When ADS-B equipped, the call sign must align perfectly with the Flight ID programmed into the ADS-B transponder.

Exceptions. Wing or region commanders may approve the aircraft tail number as a call sign only when an external "customer" has specifically requested it.

FAA Form 7233-4, FAA International Flight Plan, filing guidance is located on the "CAP Pilots" web page in the "FAA & ICAO Information" section