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A 09/2018

Effective from 22 NOV 2018

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Published on 22 NOV 2018

Implementation of the 8.33 kHz Voice Channel Spacing Below FL 195

1 General

This AIC notifies the airspace users about the implementation of 8.33 kHz channel spacing.

2 Arrangements in Tallinn FIR

As Estonia has taken local measures granting exemptions from the compliance with the Articles 4(5), 5(4) and 6(10) of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1079/2012, the following apply in Tallinn FIR:

  1. By 31 DEC 2019 at the latest all radio equipment shall have the 8.33 kHz channel spacing capability except for ground radio equipment operated by air navigation service providers.
  2. From 01 JAN 2020 an operator shall not operate an aircraft in airspace where carriage of radio equipment is mandatory unless the aircraft radio equipment has the 8.33 kHz channel spacing capability.
  3. Frequency assignments used in Estonia shall be converted to 8.33 kHz channel spacing by 02 JAN 2020 at the latest. Conversion plan has been appended to this circular. As conversion dates may change, please take notice of AIRAC AIP AMDTs for further information.

Please note that no other exemptions apply in Tallinn FIR.

3 Integrated Initial Flight Plan Processing System (IFPS)

IFPS has extended existing verification of the flight plans to 8.33 kHz capable radio equipment carriage for all IFR/GAT flights operating in the airspace where carriage of 8.33 kHz channel spacing capable radio is required.

For a flight planning to operate in the airspace for which 8.33 channel spacing capability is required, the following apply:

  1. Whenever an aircraft is equipped with the 8.33 kHz capable radio, the letter Y shall be inserted in Item 10 of the filed flight plan.
  2. The flight plans of special purpose flights under specific provisions (e.g. medical flights, aircraft engaged in SAR missions, etc.) shall contain STS/HOSP or STS/SAR in Item 18 of the filed flight plan.
  3. Flight plans of State aircraft without 8.33 kHz capacity operating below FL 195 in the airspaces of the EU member states, shall contain STS/STATE in Item 18 of the filed flight plan.

4 Additional Information

This circular does not address all the requirements regarding the implementation of 8.33 kHz channel spacing. The complete content of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1079/2012 can be consulted at:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/
?qid=1429091660424&uri=CELEX:32012R1079
.

Specific conditions are applicable for the other states. Airspace users are required to check State AIPs for applicable exemptions before operating in these states.

For more details regarding the flight planning requirements see the IFPS User’s Manual:

http://www.eurocontrol.int/sites/default/files/content/
documents/nm/network-operations/HANDBOOK/ifps-users-manual-current.pdf
.

Please note the difference between 8.33 kHz channel and frequency:

http://www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk/2013/
Magazine/May/radio.pdf
.

5 Appendix

Name of Appendix
Page
Conversion Plan in Estonia
  Appendix 1
 
Annex 1
 
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