NAT Ops Guide: My first North Atlantic Flight is tomorrow


NAT Ops Guide: My first North Atlantic Flight is tomorrow


This NAT Ops Guidebook covers (we hope!) everything you need for both a routine crossing (but still complex), and non-routine (eg. No HF, No HLA, No RVSM) ferry flight. Read the latest 2018 changes, easy to read guidance, sample flights, Flight Planning codes, ATC contact numbers, Diversion airports guide, Blue Spruce routes, VHF coverage, non-standard overflight permits - all in one single document, with source references.

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Of all the hundreds of questions we see in OPSGROUP, one region stands out as the most asked about - the NAT/North Atlantic. So, we made one of our legendary guides, to get everything into one PDF.  It's called "My first North Atlantic Flight is tomorrow".



  • 1. What's different about the NAT?

  • 2. Changes in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015.

  • 3. NAT Quick Map - Gander boundary, Shanwick boundary

  • 4. Routine Flight Example #1 - Brussels to JFK (up at 5.45am) - NAT HLA certification, Oceanic Paperwork, Special requirements, getting an Oceanic Clearance, Equipment failure, Weather deviation, and going off track.

  • 5. Non Routine-Flights: No RVSM, No RNP4, No HF, 1 LRNS, No HLA, No ETOPS, No TCAS, No Datalink - what you can do and where you can go

  • 6. Diversion Airports guide: A couple of notes on each of the most popular diversion airports: What to expect.

  • 7. Airport data: BGBW Narsarsuaq, BGSF Sondy, BIKF Keflavik, EGPF Glasgow, EGPK Prestwick, LPLA Lajes, LPAZ Santa Maria, EINN Shannon, EIDW Dublin, CYFB Fro Bay, CYYR Goose Bay, CYQX Gander, CYYT St. Johns, LPPR Porto, LPPT Lisbon, TXKF Bermuda.

  • 8. Overflight permits - routine and special, non-standard airworthiness, how to get one.

  • 9. Special NAT procedures: Mach number technique, SLOP, Comms, Oceanic Transition Areas, A successful exit, Screwing it up, Departing from Close Airports

  • 10. North Atlantic ATC contacts - Shanwick, Gander, Iceland, Bodo, Santa Maria, New York - ATC Phone, Radio Station Phone, AFTN, Satcom, CPDLC Logon codes; and adjoining Domestic ATC units - US, Canada, Europe.

  • 11. NAT FPL Codes

  • 12. NAT Flight Levels

  • 13. Flight Plan Filing Addresses by FIR

  • 14. Links, Questions, Guidance


You probably also need a Plotting Chart to go with your guide:


2019 North Atlantic Plotting Chart

Updated July 2019: Hi-Res North Atlantic Plotting and Planning Chart in PDF format showing North Atlantic Oceanic Airspace, Shanwick, Gander, Reykjavik, Bodo, New York, Santa Maria, and adjoining domestic airspace, with Airspace entry requirements, FPL codes, Airport data and pricing.

Current chart: Effective July 2019

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