FAA To Transition To ICAO IFR Flight Plan Form

On Oct. 1, FAA will make the transition from its traditional domestic IFR flight plan (Form 7233-1) to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) IFR flight plan (Form 7233-4) for domestic flight plan filing. The agency says the change is intended to "simplify the flight planning process and align U.S. flight plans within ICAO standards." The switchover will provide for inclusion of a wake turbulence category, equipment suffix to account for RVSM, navigation capabilities such as RNP level, and ADS-B status, survival gear on board and emergency radios. There is guidance on filing an ICAO flight plan at