Equipment codes


Equipment codes

An equipment code describes the transponder and/or navigation capability of aircraft. The equipment code is usually designated as a one-character suffix to the aircraft type in block 3 of the FAA flight plan form. Air traffic controllers (ATC) issue clearances based on filed suffixes, therefore it is important for pilots to use the appropriate suffix. For example, if a desired route requires GPS, then the pilot should file /G, even if the aircraft also qualifies for other suffixes. Pilots are recommended to file the maximum capability of their aircraft in the equipment suffix.

List of Aircraft Equipment Codes

NO DME

* /X No transponder
* /T Transponder with no Mode C
* /U Transponder with Mode C

DME

* /D No transponder
* /B Transponder with no Mode C
* /A Transponder with Mode C

TACAN ONLY

* /M No transponder
* /N Transponder with no Mode C

* /P Transponder with Mode C

BASIC 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

* /E Flight Management System (FMS) with DME/DME and IRU position updating
* /F FMS with DME/DME position updating
* /G Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), including GPS or Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), with en route and terminal capability.
* /R Required Navigational Performance (RNP). The aircraft meets the RNP type prescribed for the route segment(s), route(s) and/or area concerned.

RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum)

* /W RVSM
* /J RVSM + /E
* /K RVSM + /F
* /L RVSM + /G
* /Q RVSM + /R

ources

* [http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/publications/ATpubs/AIM/Chap5/aim0501.html Airman's Information Manual, Chapter 5, section 1] .


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