As I was following cfijames from the Tracking fellow members threadI noticed something curious in the Equipment Suffix (P180/L) under Aircraft Type. Help me out here cfijames…From my familiarization and training with the Collins FMS-3000/6000 (with the FMS-3000 being installed in the P180) these systems are RNP (Required Naviagational Performance) certified by Tso, and use DME/DME as their primary positioning source using GPS secondary, unless GPS is selected primary via the default pages or, DME/DME becomes unreliable/unavailable, or an approach is coded in the database as GPS navigation only, whereby then it navigates with GPS to meet the RNP of the procedure.
So… my question of curiousity is how come your trips have been filed as an L rather than a K or a Q? In regards to a Q designating RNP, is it a matter of the authorization letters not being issued by Piaggio…or something dictated by Avantair’s OpSpecs…? Or is there something else my feeble mind is missing?
For those who may read this and be unfamiliar, below is an explaination of the codes:
FAA Flight Plan Aircraft Suffixes
Effective September 1, 2005
Suffix Equipment Capability
/X No transponder
/T Transponder with no Mode C
/U Transponder with Mode C
/D No transponder
/B Transponder with no Mode C
/A Transponder with Mode C
/M No transponder
/N Transponder with no Mode C
/P Transponder with Mode C
AREA NAVIGATION (RNAV)
/Y LORAN, VOR/DME, or INS with no transponder
/C LORAN, VOR/DME, or INS, transponder with no Mode C
/I LORAN, VOR/DME, or INS, transponder with Mode C
ADVANCED RNAV WITH TRANSPONDER AND MODE C (If an aircraft is unable to operate with a transponder and/or Mode C, it will revert to the appropriate code listed above under Area Navigation.)
/E Flight Management System (FMS) with DME/DME and IRU position updating
/F Flight Management System (FMS) with DME/DME position updating
/G Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), including GPS or WAAS, with enroute and terminal capability.
/R Required Navigational Performance. The aircraft meets the RNP type prescribed for the route segment (s), route(s) and/or area concerned.
Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM). Prior to conducting RVSM operations within the U.S., the operator must obtain authorization from the FAA or from the responsible authority, as appropriate.
/J /E with RVSM
/K /F with RVSM
/L /G with RVSM
/Q /R with RVSM