Pre-Flight Planning resources

Pre-Flight Planning



Notification required from operators for domestic operations

All meteorological information issued on a routine basis and held by the briefing office concerned is available without prior notice. Eight hours of notice is required for non-routine forecasts (AIP GEN 3.5).

Forecast for flights – valid graphical area forecasts (GAFs) not available AIP GEN 3.5

Flight forecasts required for flights for which valid GAFs are not available will be supplied subject to the request being received three days before departure and forecaster capacity to provide the service. However, every effort will be made to expedite MET documentation for mercy and SAR flights. Notification should include the following information as applicable:

  • departure aerodrome and estimated off blocks time (EOBT)
  • destination and ETA
  • route
  • ETAs and EOBTs for intermediate stopping places
  • heights for upper winds and temperatures
  • time documentation required.

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New rules come into effect from 2 December 2021 that cover the general operating and flight rules. We are currently updating this guide to reflect the new rules. A new version will be available to download from 2 December.
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