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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:19 pm    Post subject: Gander Data Link Oceanic Clearance Procedures Reply with quote

Gander Data Link Oceanic Clearance Procedures

RCL is to be sent 90 mins from oceanic entry point as was previously mentioned in Jeppesen. However, the recent procedure in Jeppesen does not mention that it has to be 90 mins. See the quote below:

JEPPESEN - ATC - NAT OPS - 8 MAY 15

Quote:
11.8.3 Oceanic Clearance Delivery

a. Unless otherwise advised by ATC, the following oceanic clearance delivery procedures are in effect daily between 2330 and 0730 UTC (DST 2230 and 0630 UTC) for all eastbound oceanic flights (including data link equipped aircraft) operating above FL280 that transit the Gander Domestic FIR/CTA:

1. Clearance delivery frequencies are published daily in the “Remarks” section on the eastbound NAT track message. Pilots are to contact Gander Clearance Delivery on the frequency for the track/route as per the NAT track message to which the aircraft is proceeding. Contact with clearance delivery should be made within 200 NM of the specified clearance delivery frequency location. In the event that contact cannot be established, pilots are to advise ATC on the assigned sector control frequency.


The NAT OPS Bulletin still mentions about those 90 mins. See the quote below:

Quote:
Serial Number: 2015_001 (Corrected)
Subject: Gander Data Link Oceanic Clearance Delivery (OCD) Crew Procedures
Effective: 13 January 2015

4.3 The RCL should be sent when or soon after the flight is 90 minutes from the estimated time for the OEP. A significant delay or complete failure to send the RCL will result in the flight not receiving a data link clearance. The oceanic clearance will then have to be requested via voice.


ATC Gander confirms that you must submit your RCL 90 minutes before the OEP as that allows time for the Oceanic Planners to align all the flights up for the ocean crossing.

The NAT Ops text that is found in the Jeppesen Airway Manual on Air Traffic Control page CA 11-6, para 11.8.3 (Oceanic Clearance Delivery) is from the Canada Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) which currently does not contain the 90-minute requirement that is found in the NAT OPS Bulletin.

Jeppesen Airway Manual does not capture the information contained in the NAT OPS Bulletin.

In Canada AIM a new chapter for the NAT which was previously a section of the RAC (11.0) was removed to create a new NAT chapter on its own (Spring publication will be updated in March). Somehow the reference to 90 minutes was not added and got skipped when the document was reviewed.

Hopefully an amendment will be made for the fall publication 2016.
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