International Flight Operations Guide, 2019

Pilots and dispatchers operating over the "High Seas" or crossing an international border have had to cope with procedural differences forever. International operators are required to search thru reams of information and hundreds of pages of internet-based details to find what procedures and requirements they are expected to comply with when leaving the US. Then a Advisory Circular or NOTAM changes that information. International operators search for a "Single Source Document" that can educate and inform them on flight operations outside the USA. This guide comes pretty close.  We have taken great effort to compile the latest information on procedures, policies and operational details into a comprehensive document. For 2019’s edition we have included expanded material on:

  • ICAO, Canadian, US Runway and Field Condition reporting
  • PBCS requirements
  • CPDLC Latency Timers Explained
  • HUD/EVS Operations
  • NAT HLA and Datalink Mandate changes
  • NAT HLA Contingiences Changes
  • NAT Spaced-Based ADS-B Operations
  • "Climb/Descend via.." ICAO vs. FAA differences
  • EASA Takeoff/Landing Minimums 
  • Cabotage Explained
  • International Regulations, Customs, Immigration Procedures Explained


No operator is going to succeed without a grasp of the basics. HF radio procedures, long-range navigation, contingency procedures and are covered in detail and referenced for deep-dive studies. Just because you are not crossing some great oceanic expanse, it is still international flight operations when you leave the USA. Operators can find descriptions of ATM procedures, ground handling expectations, operating permit requirements and step-by-step explanations for flights into the Gulf-of-Mexico, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean  here. 

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Chapter 1, Long Range Navigation

Chapter 2, Worldwide Meteorology

Chapter 3, International Altimetry

Chapter 4, International Regulations

Chapter 5, Customs, Immigration and Quarantine

Chapter 6, Communication Operational Requirements

Chapter 7, Navigation Operational Requirements

Chapter 8, Surveillance Operational Requirements

Chapter 9, Additional Equipment Considerations

Chapter 10, TERPS vs. PANS-OPS Procedure Differences

Chapter 11, Emergency, Abnormal and Contingency Pros

Chapter 12, Worldwide RVSM Procedures

Chapter 13, Oceanic and Remote SOP’s

Chapter 14, International Trip Planning

Chapter 15, Regional Overviews

  • √ The Carribean Sea, Bermuda and the Western Atlantic
  • √ Gulf of Mexico, Central America and Cuba
  • √ Mexico
  • √ South America
  • √ Brazil
  • √ Canada and Alaska Operations
  • √ Asia and Pacific Operations
  • √ China
  • √ North Atlantic Operations
  • √ European Operations
  • √ Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, CIS
  • √ Polar Operations
  • √ Middle East
  • √ Africa
  • √ India

Chapter 16, Operational Resources

√ Sample Navigation/Communication Log
√ Visibility/Temperature Conversions
√ Sample ICAO Flight Plan Form
√ Weather Deviation Cockpit Guide
√ General Oceanic/Remote Procedures Cockpit Guide
√ Sample International Trip Planning Guide
√ PANS-Ops vs. TERPS Cockpit Guide

 365 Sample Validation flight Questions w/ Answers and References