1.   Procedures for the Submission of a Flight Plan

1.1   Purpose and Types of the Flight Plan
1.1.1   Purpose of the Flight Plan

The purpose of the flight plan is to inform the competent ATS units of the intended flight and enabling them to supervise the flight within the scope of air traffic control as well as flight information service and alerting service.

Guidance material on the completion of the ICAO Flight Plan form and the Repetitive Flight Plan (RPL) in conformance with the EUR RVSM flight planning requirements and Area Navigation (RNAV) specifications are provided in the ICAO EUR Regional Supplementary Procedures (Doc 7030).

Furthermore, the following requirement is in addition to the flight planning requirements contained in the ICAO EUR Regional Supplementary Procedures:

In addition to military operations, operators of customs or police aircraft shall insert the letter M in Item 8 of the ICAO flight plan form.

1.1.2   Types of Flight Plan
  1. Individual Flight Plan

    For each individual flight an individual flight plan shall be filed. Flights, in which several aircraft take part in a formation, as well as every separate stage of flight for flights with intermediate stops, shall also be regarded as individual flight.

  2. Repetitive Flight Plan

    A flight plan related to a series of frequently recurring, regularly operated individual flights with identical basic features, submitted by an operator for retention and repetitive use by ATS units.

  3. Air filed Flight Plan

    Flight plan submitted by airborne aircraft to the relevant ATS unit.

1.2   Flights subject to submission of a Flight Plan

A flight plan shall be submitted in the Budapest FIR, in the following cases:

  • IFR Flights;
  • International Flights;
  • Any flight in controlled airspace;
  • Any flight in LHSM or LHDC TIZ;
  • The following VFR flights:
    1. VFR flights above FL 195, with the exception of those planned in ad-hoc segregated airspace;
    2. Night VFR;
    3. Glider flights in cloud.
  • Special cases:
    1. State aircraft flying outside MCTR, MTMA and TRAs;
    2. Civil aircraft flying inside and MCTR not within published operational hours;
    3. Flights in civil aerodrome control zones (CTR) outside the published operational hours of ATC service (LHSM, LHDC);
    4. For multiple landings a flight plan shall be filed for every flight segment;
    5. For flights flying the same route multiple times, separate flight plans shall be filed for each segment.
1.3   Completion of a Flight Plan form

A Flight Plan form shall be completed in accordance with the provisions contained in PANS-ATM (Doc 4444/501) Appendix 2.

Where transition to final approach procedures are published, RNAV capable aircraft, shall insert the first way-point of the transition procedure as the last point of the filed FPL route.

Non-RNAV capable aircraft should insert TPS as the last point of the filed FPL route.

Aircraft operators are requested not to indicate SID/STAR information in the filed route of FPLs.

1.3.1   The use of the indicators GAT/OAT in a flight plan
  • General Air Traffic (GAT):

    Flights conducted in accordance with the regulations and procedures promulgated by the State civil aviation authorities and operating under the control or authority of the civil ATS organisation.

  • Operational Air Traffic (OAT):

    Flights, which do not comply with the provisions of GAT and are conducted under the control or authority of the military ATC organisation in published temporary reserved areas or ad-hoc segregated airspace.

Aircraft Operators (AOs) must indicate the planned change from GAT to OAT or vice versa in the FPLs.

The indicator shall be inserted after the appropriate significant point or geographical coordinates in the route.

The IFPS always assumes that all flight plans begin GAT, unless, it finds a change to GAT indicated later in the route. In this case it is assumed that everything prior to the change was OAT.

1.3.2   VFR flights planned above FL195 (5 950 M STD)

In case of flight operation above FL 195 (5 950 M STD) in controlled airspace and not in ad-hoc segregated airspace, the planned task shall be inserted in Field 18 of FPL, furthermore in Field 15 (route) the geographical or other significant point where FL195 (5 950 M STD) will be crossed, shall be shown.

Note: The climb out area to the route segment of the flight operation planned above FL 195 (5 950 M STD) shall be shown in Field 18 defined with radius of a circle pinpointed on a geographical or other significant point where FL 195 (5 950 M STD) to be crossed.

E.g. …DCT NORAH/N0160A085 DCT 4702N02120E/N0140F240 DCT NORAH/N0170A035 … (RMK/ Parachuting 4602N02135E R5NM).

Differences from ICAO standards and recommended practices can be found in the GEN 1.7

1.4   Addressing of a Flight Plan and Flight Plan associated messages.

Flight plan and flight plan associated messages shall be addressed for the purpose of transmission to units concerned and shall be forwarded to the addressees via the existing communication facilities. The units concerned are the ATS units of a departure and destination aerodrome, and also the ATS and ATFM units along the planned route of a flight. In addition in cases of certain flights originators shall add special addressees prescribed by appropriate authorities, AOs or aerodromes for which FPLs and associated messages should be forwarded.

1.4.1   Flights entering or overflying the IFPS Zone

With respect to IFR/GAT flights which are intended to enter or overfly the IFPS Zone the flight plans and associated messages need only be addressed to the IFPS units in Haren (Brussels) and in Bretigny (Paris), instead of the relevant ATS units. These units will transmit the FPL and associated messages to all ATS units concerned within the IFPS Zone.

Note: The list of States participating in the IFPS distribution area See ENR 1.10.

In case of a mixed flight (IFR/VFR and/or OAT/GAT) the addressees of the ATS units which will handle the VFR and OAT part of a flight within the IFPS Zone shall also be added.

Re-addressing function shall be used for the flight plans and associated messages addressed to the IFPUs which means to add the addresses of IFPUs to the address line only and additional addressees shall be included in the message text as the first element after the originator information line.

Bodies authorized to distribute flight plans transmitted via AFTN or SITA are responsible for addressing function as follows:

  1. Aircraft operators who file a FPL direct to the IFPS are responsible for the correct addressees to:
    • the IFPS units,
    • the appropriate ATS units for the portion of the flight outside the IFPS Zone, and
    • the units supervising VFR or OAT flights within the IFPS Zone in case of mixed operation, and
    • any other addressees prescribed by the appropriate authorities and the aircraft operator and the aerodromes.
  2. in other cases the flight plan distributive body (ARO, FIC, a designated military unit for this task) is responsible for the addresses to all ATS units concerned. However, depending on type of a flight, transmission of a FPL may be prescribed by the appropriate authority or an aircraft operator or an aerodrome to other addressees, it is the flight plan originator's responsibility to add the special addresses.
1.4.2   AFTN addressing of Flight Plans and associated messages

See ENR 1.11

1.4.3   Adherence to Airspace Utilization Rules and Availability

No flight plans shall be filed via the airspace of Budapest FIR deviating from the State restrictions defined within the Route Availability Document (RAD). This common European reference document contains all airspace utilisation rules and availability for Budapest FIR and any reference to them shall be made via

1.5   Submission of a Flight Plan
1.5.1   Direct filing of Flight Plans to the IFPS

All foreign aircraft operators (AOs), and those national air carriers who meet the technical and FPL filing and addressing requirements are permitted to submit their IFR/GAT or mixed flight plans directly to the IFPS via AFTN, SITA or via other communication means.

1.5.2   Flight Plan filing at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport

Pilots of aircraft departing from Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport have the possibility to send flight plans to the ATS reporting office via e-mail, fax and by phone.

1.5.3   Flight Plan filing at AFIS aerodrome

Pilots of aircraft departing from an AFIS aerodrome shall file a flight plan form personally or via email, web page or telephone to the aerodrome flight information service.

If a flight intends to operate wholly in an aerodrome traffic zone, limited information required by ATS unit can be submitted.

Tel:(+361) 293-4312

Tel:(+361) 293-4310

Fax:(+361) 296-9151



1.5.4   Flight Plan filing at non-AFIS aerodrome

In case of departure planned from a non-AFIS aerodrome the pilot shall submit a flight plan via telephone or fax to the Area Flight Information Centre (FIC):

Tel:(+361) 293-4312

Tel:(+361) 293-4310

Fax:(+361) 296-9151



1.6   Acceptance of a Flight Plan
1.6.1   Flight plans submitted directly to IFPS.

FPLs will be checked by IFPS for syntax, format and content. The flight plan originator will be informed on the acceptance by an ACK message, on the necessary manual correction by a MAN message and on the rejection by a REJ message.

Note: After accepting a flight plan IFPS will determine the ATS units responsible for IFR/GAT flights within IFPS Zone for which and for other addressees indicated in the message the flight plan will be forwarded. Unless a filed flight plan has been acknowledged by IFPS via an ACK message ATS units concerned will not have the flight plan and the aircraft may not begin operation.

1.6.2   When a flight plan is not sent directly to IFPS the receiving unit of FPLs is responsible for:
  • checking for format and content to the extent possible,
  • calling originator’s attention to the errors and giving assistance for correct filing of FPLs,
  • indicating acceptance of a flight plan to the originator and
  • correct transmission and distribution of flight plans for the parties concerned.

If FPLs are forwarded to FIC or to IFPS via ATS reporting office, originators should inquire about the acceptance of FPLs.

Verbal information, if necessary, will be forwarded by the receiving unit.about the acceptance of filed FPLs by IFPS or FIC.

Note: The acceptance of FPL does not relieve the pilot of his/her responsibility for obtaining Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearance for the operation in controlled airspace or in controlled aerodromes as well as for correct preflight preparation.

1.7   Time for Filing a Flight Plan

Unless special circumstances require a flight plan shall be submitted prior to taxi for taking off not earlier than 24 hours and not later than 60 minutes before Estimated off Block Time (EOBT). For flights subject to ATFM measures FPLs shall be submitted at least 3 hours prior to EOBT.

Note: ATFM measures may be applied for IFR/GAT (or mixed) flights operating in Budapest FIR. In this case pilots are responsible to inquire if their flights are subject to ATFM measures. Relevant information can be obtained from ARO at departure aerodrome or from other relevant ATS unit as well as from Flow Management Position at Budapest Area Control Centre (ACC):

Tel:+36 1 293-4183

If FPLs are filed more than 24 hours in advance of EOBT insert the date of flight (DOF) in FPLs.

FPLs may not be filed earlier than 5 days before operation.

AFIL can be filed in the following cases:

  • at least 10 minutes before the aircraft is estimated to reach the boundary of controlled airspace if FPLs are submitted for the purpose of obtaining air traffic control clearance for operation in controlled airspace,
  • after departure
    1. in case of search and rescue flights for the purpose of averting the consequences of damage caused by forces of nature, serious disaster and air accident, of police mission as well as of flights for urgent ambulance and medical assistance,
    2. in case of departure from field other than aerodrome

    as early as possible.

1.8   Cancellation and change of FPL

FPL shall be cancelled by operator to the ATS unit for which FPL has originally been submitted if:

  • flight will not operate,
  • aircraft wishes to depart before the time indicated in the filed FPL, or
  • any changes are required in respect of aerodrome of departure or destination or aircraft identification,

In the latter cases a new FPL, including the modified data, shall be submitted.

For flights subject to ATFM measures the following procedures shall be applied:

  • when an FPL or an RPL has been filed by an AO but it is decided, within 4 hours of EOBT, to use an alternative routing between the same aerodromes of departure and destination, a cancellation message with priority “DD” shall be transmitted to all addressees of the previous flight plan, and
  • a replacement flight plan (RFP) in the form of the FPL with identical call sign shall be transmitted after the CNL message and with a delay of not less than 5 minutes.
  • The replacement flight plan shall contain as the first element of item 18. the indication ”RFP/An”, where RFP signifies “Replacement Flight Plan” and “n” is the sequence number of RFP.

Operator shall inform the unit for which FPL has previously been submitted if:

  • a flight is expected to delay for more than 30 minutes (for flight subject to ATFM measure it is 15 minutes), or

FPL will be cancelled by the competent ATS unit, unless information is received for taxiing, departure or revision for EOBT within 60 minutes after the EOBT.

  • any necessary changes in the other items of the previously filed FPL (e.g. cruising speed, cruising level etc.).


  1. Should the cruising level be changed only, it can be done when radio contact is established with ATS units.
  2. Information for cancellation or change must be initiated not more than 12 hours in advance of EOBT.
  3. Receiving units will notify other units to whom the origin FPLs have been forwarded about cancellation and changes.
1.9   Special handling requirement

In certain cases an aircraft may request special handling from ATS units e.g. ensuring priority, exemption from ATFM measures, etc. Request for such handling shall be indicated in the item 18. (STS/...) of the FPLs using the proper keyword (abbreviation).

Flights for special handling requirement are entitled as follows:

  • flights in a state of emergency, including flights subject to unlawful interference,
  • flights operating for humanitarian reasons,
  • ambulance/medical flights when the safety of life is involved, including flights carrying sick and injured persons on board and flights which operate to the aerodrome of destination with the aim of transporting the above mentioned persons. In addition flights which transporting organs for transplantation, blood plasma and medicines as flights with the aim of transporting them.
  • flights operating for search and rescue,
  • flights with ”Head of State” and” Head of Government” status
  • other flights as specifically required by State Authorities.

Unjustified use of keywords (abbreviations) for special handling requirement is disciplinable.

CountryFIR/UIRICAOCountry code
Bosnia and HercegovinaSarajevoLQSBLQ
Czech RepublicPragueLKAALK
Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaSkopjeLWSSLW
The NetherlandsAmsterdamEHAAEH
Bodo - OceanicENOBEN
Santa MariaLPPOLP
Slovak RepublicBratislavaLZBBLZ
United KingdomLondonEGTTEG
Serbia and MontenegroBelgradeLYBALY

2.   Repetitive Flight Plan

2.1   General
2.1.1  Repetitive flight plans shall be submitted for regular operations as far as possible.
2.1.2  When using repetitive flight plans for flights affecting Budapest FIR, the procedures of ICAO Doc 4444 ATM/501Chapter 16, para 16.4. and Doc 7030 and the following regulations shall be applied.
2.1.3  RPLs, for flights affecting Budapest FIR shall be filed solely with EUROCONTROL at the CFMU, Brussels, in accordance with the requirements and procedures detailed herein. Distribution of RPL data to ATS Units in Budapest FIR is provided by the EUROCONTROL.
2.1.4  RPLs for flights having a route portion outside the Zone shall continue to be submitted in parallel to EUROCONTROL and to the National Authorities of those external States in accordance with existing procedures (see paragraph 2.5.2.). It should be noted in particular that ALL affected National Administrations outside the zone which are on the route of the flights MUST have agreed to the use of RPLs.

Note: List of FIRs participating in IFPS zone: See ENR 1.10 para 1.9

2.1.5  Attention is drawn to the fact that the Shanwick (EGGX) and Santa Maria (LPPO) OACCs are NOT within the IFPS Zone.
2.2   Types of submission
2.2.1  RPL data submission may be in the form of a New List or a Revised List.
2.2.2  A New List (NLST) is a submission that contains ONLY new information (typically the start of a new Winter or Summer period).
2.2.3  A Revised List (RLST) is a submission that contains revised information to a previously submitted list. This revised or amended information could be a combination of any of the following: changes, cancellations or additional new flights.
2.3   RPL submission criteria
2.3.1  An NLST must be received by EUROCONTROL with a minimum of 14 days before the intended first flight.
2.3.2  An RLST must be received by EUROCONTROL such that:
  1. there is a minimum of 7 working days (see 2.6.2 below) between reception of the file by EUROCONTROL and the activation of the first flight affected by the amendment, and
  2. there must be two Mondays between reception of the file and the activation of the first flight affected by the amendment.
2.4   RPL submission procedure
2.4.1  RPLs may be submitted in any of the following formats:
  • IFPS RPL format (former DBO/DBE format) - via diskette, SITATEX or electronic file transfer
  • ICAO format (hard copy) - on paper (ICAO Doc 4444)
2.4.2  Details of IFPS RPL format may be found in the IFPS User Manual section of the CFMU Handbook. Copies can be obtained from the EUROCONTROL Library at the address. See:
2.4.3  On receipt of an RPL file, EUROCONTROL will send the following acknowledgement of receipt by SITA or Fax as appropriate.
Example of ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of reception sent to RPL Originators(SITA or FAX)
ZCZC 001 251220
ATTN:Mrs. Brown




2.4.4  If NO acknowledgement is received from EUROCONTROL within 2 working days of dispatch, the originator MUST contact the RPL Team to confirm that the file has been received.
2.4.5  Following the acknowledgement the RPL Team will process the file and will contact the originator again ONLY if there are any problems, such as the route or validity periods. It follows, therefore, that if no subsequent query is initiated by EUROCONTROL, the originator can assume that the file has been successfully processed into the RPL database.
2.4.6  Any change to the address or contact number of the Aircraft Operator (for example, a change of contact number/address for obtaining supplementary information) must be advised to the RPL Team immediately.
2.4.7  EUROCONTROL is able to accept RPL data which covers more than one Winter/Summer period but Originators must ensure that any such data is amended to reflect any changes of the clock (i.e. to reflect Summer/Winter time).
2.5   Specific EUROCONTROL requirements for RPL operation
2.5.1  The basic principles for the submission of Repetitive Flight Plans are contained in ICAO Docs 4444/501 and 7030. The following paragraphs detail the differences between the ICAO Standard and the EUROCONTROL requirement, which permits a more flexible approach within the basic rules. Full details are contained in the IFPS User Manual section of the CFMU Handbook.
2.5.2  RPLs shall cover the entire flight from the departure aerodrome to the destination aerodrome. Therefore, an RPL shall be submitted by the flight plan originator for the entire route. A mixture of both RPL and FPL message shall not be permitted. RPL procedures shall be applied ONLY when ALL ATS authorities concerned with the flights have agreed to accept RPLs. In this respect, all States of the IFPS zone accept RPLs. It is the responsibility of the AO to ensure that RPLs for flights which are partly outside the zone are properly coordinated and addressed to the relevant external ATS authorities.
2.5.3  For EUROCONTROL purposes an RLST may be submitted which contains only changes, cancellations and additions (i.e. “-” and “+”). Details of unchanged flights (i.e. “blanks”) are not required.
2.5.4  The “-” must come before the “+”.
2.5.5  For a cancellation or change, the “-”' must be an exact duplicate of the original “+” that it is to cancel, in order for it to be accepted by the RPL processing system.
2.5.6  The NLSTs and RLSTs are to be numbered in sequence as this enables EUROCONTROL to ensure that the lists are entered into the RPL database in the correct order. It also provides a double check for possible missing submissions. The first NLST of the season should be numbered 001 and each following Iist, regardless of whether it is a NLST or RLST, is to be numbered in sequence.
2.5.7  The numbering of the RPL submissions is done on line “0” (sender record) starting at character 37 of the diskette file and in field “E” of a ICAO hard copy file (on paper).
2.5.8  To suspend an RPL the originator should send the information in the format See ENR 1.10 para 2.7 However, originators should note that flights cannot be suspended for less than 3 days. If the suspension is for less than 3 days, individual daily cancellation messages must be sent by the originator to the IFPS in order not to waste ATC capacity by leaving “ghost” flights in the CFMU and ATC data bases.
2.5.9  To cancel a RPL for a specific day, the originator need only send a normal ICAO CNL message to BOTH of the IFPS units (EUCHZMFP and EUCBZMFP or BRUEP7X and PAREP7X) and other external ATS Units as necessary. In respect of such flights, cancellation messages to the IFPS Units shall be submitted not earlier than 20 hours before the EOBT of the flight. The same rule applies for a change (CHG) or delay (DLA) message since at 20 hours before EOBT the RPL is transferred to the IFPS and the RPL effectively becomes an FPL.
2.5.10  To recover any RPL which has been suspended for an undefined period, the originator must send the instruction in the format See ENR 1.10 para 2.8
2.5.11  It is emphasized that the requirements specified in paragraphs,,,,,, are not applicable to route portions outside the IFPS Zone.
2.6   General information
2.6.1  RPL data at EUROCONTROL is handled by a dedicated section known as the RPL Team.
2.6.2  The RPL Team working day is from 0800 to 1715 (European time) Monday to Friday, including Public Holidays but excluding 25 December. Originators of RPL data should take these operating hours into account when submitting RPL data to EUROCONTROL.
2.6.3  RPL data files may be sent to EUROCONTROL by any of the following means of communication:



Rue de la Fusee, 96 B -1130 Brussels, Belgium






2.6.4  The use of hard copy via post is discouraged. Submission via diskette, SITATEX or electronic file transfer removes the chance of an RPL operator making any typographical errors when copying the data from the hard copy into the IFPS RPL system.
2.7   Suspension of RPLs
2.7.1  To suspend an RPL/s, the RPL originator must send by SITA, FAX a letter to the EUROCONTROL RPL Office with an instruction with contains the following information:

Please suspend the following flights with effect from ddmm until ddmm.



  1. Flights can not be suspended for periods of less than 3 days
  2. A suspension message shall be received by not less than 48 hours before the EOBT of the earliest affected flight/s. When sufficient notice cannot be given, individual CNL messages must be filed.
  3. If the UNTIL is not filled in, then a Recovery message will have to be send.
2.7.2  A RSUS message is an ADEXP message which has not been implemented in the RPL system. This message shall not be used. Originators should use the media and layout described above.
2.8   Recovery of RPLs
2.8.1  To recover an RPL/s, the RPL originator must send by SITA, FAX a letter to the EUROCONTROL RPL Office with an instruction with contains the following information:

Please recover the following flights with effect from ddmm.


Note: A recovery message shall be received by not less than 48 hours before the EOBT of the earliest affected flight/s. When sufficient notice cannot be given, individual FPL messages must be filed.

2.8.2  The RREC message is an ADEXP message which has not been implemented in the RPL system. This message shall not be used. Originators should use the media and layout described above.