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Flight Information Publication (FLIP)
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Fortunately, there seem to be relatively few suppliers of worldwide/regional FLIPs to commercial operators. That might appear to make it more likely that their reliability (prompt revision based on States' AIP data)will be high. Whilst, in my experience, that is usually true, the final defence will remain errors found by customers whilst operating. This means that, for places where lots of users of a particular FLIP brand go - LAX/JFK/BKK/LHR for example - any errors will be rapidly identified. However, for places where just one commercial user goes, this detection may depend on just one user - and may perhaps not become apparent until there's already a problem if it's an 'obscure' alternate. I have actually had this latter experience. As a consequence, there appears to be strong case for structuring the flight operations oversight of a FLIP sub-contractor so that it recognises this, given that at I believe that the FLIP/Flight Guide used to be (and presumably still is??) an integral part of an AOC holder Operations Manual.--Chris.stewart 10:30, 25 January 2008 (CET)
An interesting point, though I suspect that for most--Ian.Wigmore 10:51, 12 February 2008 (CET) smaller operators with large AOC areas the operational support necessary to check all FLIP documents against the original AIP will be prohibitive.