A Complete Manual for Conducting International Flight Operations

International Flight Planning Resources

The following resources provide guidance for international operations. Crewmembers shall comply with the applicable parts of Operations Specifications, FAR 61,91,135 and, while operating outside the United States, comply with the appropriate ICAO Annexes, to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, or the regulations of any foreign country. Each crewmember shall comply with the most restrictive of either the FAA or the foreign regulation.


The following is a non-exhaustive list of resources which shall provide guidance to crewmembers in conducting International Flight Operations. Prior to conducting flight operations outside the United States each crewmember shall review the applicable resources and become familiar with the relevant ICAO and foreign states regulations and operations procedures. All resources from this list are available to crewmembers on the aircraft specific IPAD or the internet.


ICAO Annexes

ICAO Procedures &  Best Practices

FAA International Advisory Circulars

The Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation was the first organization established with the task of developing International flight standards and procedures. The convention is supported by nineteen annexes containing “standards and recommended practices” (SARPS) The Annexes are reviewed regularly by ICAO


ICAO Annex 1 - Personnel Licensing

ICAO Annex 2 - Rules of the Air

ICAO Annex 3 - Meteorology

ICAO Annex 4 - Aeronautical Charts

ICAO Annex 5 - Units of Measure

ICAO Annex 6 - Operation of Aircraft - Part 1 Commercial Aircraft

ICAO Annex 6 - Operation of Aircraft - Part 2 General Aviation

ICAO Annex 7 - Aircraft Nationality and Registration Marks

ICAO Annex 8 - Airworthiness of Aircraft

ICAO Annex 9 - Facilitation

ICAO Annex 10 -Communication Procedures

ICAO Annex 11 - Air Traffic Services

ICAO Annex 14 - Aerodrome Design

ICAO Annex 16 - Aircraft Noise

ICAO Annex 16 - Emissions

ICAO Annex 18 - Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air

ICAO Annex 19 – Safety Management

ICAO, International Civil Aviation Organization, is a French organization based in Montreal that develops principles and techniques for International air navigation. The ICAO organization has commissioners selected from contracting states. ICAO documents published on the subject of International flight operations best practices are the following:


ICAO Doc 4444 - Air Traffic Management

ICAO Doc 8168 – PANS OPS

ICAO Doc 7030- Supplementary Regional Procedures

NAT Doc 007- MNPS North Atlantic Operations Manual

Advisory circulars provide guidance by the FAA on items relating to aircraft airworthiness. The information is intended to provide guidance and is “non-regulatory and non-binding.” With that being said, there are some valuable resources pertaining to international flight operations which are published as AC’s. The Relevant International Advisory Circulars are as follows:



AC-90-114A ADS-B Out Implementation

AC 91-70B Oceanic Operations

AC 91-85 RVSM

AC 120-33 LNAV Approval over NMPS

AC 120-42B ETOPS and Polar Ops

AC 120-47 Over-water Survival Equipment

AC 120-70B Approval for Data Link Communications Systems


Revision date: July 29, 2015

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