International operations can differ widely from domestic operations, particularly if a mission involves an operator’s first time flying outside the U.S. “If they’ve never done it before they may not know the sheer scale of differences that they’ll be facing,” said Craig Hanlon, chair of the NBAA International Operators Committee. Hanlon offers tips for first-time international operators including: using an international service provider and handling agent and taking formal international procedures training. Also, he said, the NBAA International Feedback Database can be a valuable source of information.
With so many changes to pilot procedures for oceanic and international flights taking place in the wake of the pandemic, the time is now for flight crews to familiarize themselves before their next trip overseas.
NBAA is monitoring reports of possible Global Navigation Satellite System spoofing incidents in the Middle East, with industry personnel and the FAA advising flight crews to be particularly cautious when operating near the Iran/Iraq border and Azerbaijan.
The North Atlantic (NAT) Systems Planning Group recently announced impactful changes to oceanic crossing procedures in the region – oceanic clearances with route, altitude and speed will no longer be issued after April 9, 2024.