Pre-Flight Planning

Pre-Flight Planning

Best Practice – Pre-Flight Planning

  • Ensure that you have a current aeronautical chart
  • Check NOTAMs before flying. Learn to use efficient methods of briefing, such as a “narrow route brief” or “saved briefings” where these facilities exist.
  • Check for planned restrictions of airspace in Air Information Circulars (AIC)
  • Check the local and en-route weather and check again just before flight. In many European countries the weather changes rapidly so plan options for your flight, including diverting or turning back.
  • Ask an instructor for assistance if you don’t understand the information in any document.

Cost – The information is freely available so the only cost will be time.


All countries surveyed reported that one of the main causes of airspace infringement is lack of adequate pre-flight planning. A lack of understanding of NOTAM, MET and AIS data can add to the problem. Many countries have developed on-line guidance material to assist pilots to be fully prepared. Some also have free-phone numbers to call and access the latest information.

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