Pilot International Ops

Why Should I do International Operations Training?

A specific international operations training curriculum is not described by FAA regulations nor by Annex 2 to the ICAO.  The FAA requires that private operators (at a minimum) to “Be Familiar” with the Oceanic/Remote flight operation intended. A comprehensive commercial training provider’s oceanic operations course is useful in fulfilling this requirement. Commercial flight operators will need to satisfy the international operations training requirement found in their Operations Specifications.

Detailed requirements are made of commercial and FAA Part 91K operators for international procedures training. In some cases FAA Inspectors have accepted military training records, indicating prior oceanic operations experience, as proof of training. More information on what constitutes an adequate program of instruction can be found in the FAA’s Aviation Safety Inspector’s Handbook, FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 4, Chapter 12, Paragraph 4-1289 and Paragraph 1299 D, 2. From what I have seen, inside ARGUS and IS-BAO there is a general requirement for "International Procedures" training but, no specific course outlined. Popular choices usually include RVSM/TCAS II, Worldwide Contingencies and PANS-Ops differences.


What Does International Flight Resources’ Training Cover?

Tailoring your training to what you have identified inside your SMS is wise. This way your pilots see material that is not already common to your knowledge base and meets the threats before the operating pilots. We have had good response to a scenario based recurrent program. Basically, you run a sample flight plan or use one from your files and forward a copy to us for review. We use this in the recurrent to brief and brainstorm specific issues inside your international operation. We can ensure that full coverage is given to the subjects that are usually required for an international procedures recurrent. The course outline we use comes directly from the FAA aviation safety inspector’s Handbook, FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 4, Chapter 12, Paragraph 4-1289(LOAs) and Volume 3, Chapter 18, Section 3-5 (OpsSpecs). Below here is a comprehensive list of the subject material covered.

  • ICAO measurement standards and operational rules, regulations and procedures
  • Use of oceanic flight planning charts
  • Sources and content of international flight publications
  • Itinerary planning
  • Preparation of FAA international flight plans ICAO flight plans, and flight logs
  • Route planning within the special area of operation where flights are to be conducted
  • En route and terminal procedures (different from USA)
  • Long-range, air-to-ground, communication procedures
  • Structure of the special area of operation where the flights are to be conducted
  • Air traffic clearances
  • International meteorology including significant weather charts and prognostic weather charts, tropopause prognostic charts and terminal weather and seasonal conditions
  • Over the route to be flown, the airports to be used and the terrain and minimum safe altitudes
  • The meteorological, communication and air traffic facilities, services and procedures.
  • Search and rescue procedures
  • The navigational facilities and procedures, including any long-range navigation procedures associated with the planned route


Where Can I Find This Definition of “Special Area of Operation Airspace”?

From the FAA Aviation Safety Inspector’s Handbook, FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 4, Chapter 1 Section 2 Paragraph 4-24.

Examples of special areas of operation include the following:

  • Areas of Magnetic Unreliability (AMU) and Polar operations
  • North Atlantic Minimum Navigation Performance Specification
  • Central East Pacific (CEPAC) airspace
  • North Pacific (NOPAC) airspace
  • Pacific Organized Track System (PACOTS)
  • West Atlantic Route System (WATRS) and the Caribbean Sea
  • Gulf of Mexico control areas (Gulf routes)
  • Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum(RVSM)
  • Required Navigation Performance (RNP)-10,4 ect.

Examples of special Navigation Equipment include the following:

  • Area Navigation (RNAV)
  • Inertial navigation or reference systems (INS) or (IRS)
  • GPS

How Long Does this Take and How Much is It Going to Cost?

A one-day/8-hr customized International Procedures recurrent is very popular with out clients. We can provide this as an On-Line training presentation or Live/in-person. A combination of these methods can cover both those in the classroom and pilots meeting flight schedule demands and unable to attend in-person. 

Initial international operations training usually takes two to three 8hr days depending on previous experience and familiarity with the subject material and regions desided to be covered. Please email us (via the contact form on the right side of this page) to discuss your specific requirements. We can provide you with a detailed cost estimate, standard rate sheet and course outline for your budgeting decisions.