In this past Wednesday’s AVsavvy question, we showed you the following ICAO flight plan message and asked you to find the error:
-N0449F450 AEX5 MCB J22 PSK DCT GVE JAIKE3
-REG/N000XX SEL/TEST DOF/120512 STS/NONRVSM DAT/V RMK/ADSB
E/0416 P/TBN R/UVE D/2 10 YELLOW A/RED WHITE BLUE RED STRP)
IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet participated, YOU CAN STILL TURN BACK NOW AND TEST YOUR SKILLS.
Thank you to everyone who participated. More than half of you got the answer right. Here are the answers and explanations below so you can see how you did:
Option 1: Flight level is wrong based on the direction of flight.
This is not the correct response. The flight level is correct as the flight is east to west.
Option 2: Contradiction with regard to RVSM capability (i.e., wrong input).
This is the correct response. When a flight is not certified for RVSM the “W” must be removed from Item 10a and STS/NONRVSM must be included in Item 18. In this case there is an inconsistency as a “W” is displayed in Item 10a while Item 18 is showing STS/NONRVSM.
Option 3: As a private non-revenue flight, the type of flight indicated in Item 8 should be IN and not IG.
This is not the correct response. Private flights are filed as IG.
Option 4: There are no errors in the filed ICAO flight plan message given above.
This is not the correct response. The error is the RVSM contradiction.
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