Generating Narrow Route PIB

The purpose of a Narrow Route PIB is to minimise the amount of NOTAM information in the PIB. Define a route that lies between the Aerodrome of Departure (ADEP) and the Aerodrome of Destination (ADES). Define a corridor around the route by means of selecting a Narrow Route Width and a Lower/Upper FL. Only NOTAM for the selected Aerodromes and that intersect with the defined corridor (narrow route) are included in the Narrow Route PIB.

You can specify alternate aerodromes, but no En-Route information is given about the route from the narrow route path to the alternate aerodrome.

In the below figure you find an example of a narrow route. All NOTAM that will be included in the Narrow Route PIB are marked (coloured circles). NOTAM that are not marked (white circles) are not included in the PIB.

Narrow Route

 

Step 1 (open screen)

From the Pre-Flight Briefing menu, select the Narrow Route PIB screen.

Narrow Route PIB mask

Step 2 (PIB Id)

The PIB Id field is automatically issued by the system and cannot be changed.

 

Step 3 (define Departure and Destination aerodrome)

Defining both Aerodromes (Departure and Destination) is mandatory. You can either enter the ICAO Location Indicator of the Aerodrome(s) or search for an aerodrome using the Search button (). The Search Aerodromes screen appears and allows you to search for an aerodrome. You can search for an aerodrome by ICAO Code, IATA Code, FIR Code, the Aerodrome Name or the Type of Aerodrome (Aerodrome, Heliport, Landing site). Enter part of the ICAO code (for example EH) or fill one of the other fields and click Search. All aerodromes that meet the entered search criteria are displayed.

In almost all fields you can search by entering one or more characters. For the field FIR Code it is only possible to search on a fully entered FIR of 4 characters.

A search criterion must be entered in one of the search fields. If you do not enter anything in these fields, an error message is displayed.

Search Aerodromes screen

Click on the aerodrome you want to add to your PIB. The selected aerodrome appears now in the aerodrome list.

It is also possible to enter ZZZZ in the Departure and/or Destination Aerodrome field. 
When ZZZZ is used, an additional DEP/ and/or DEST/ field is displayed. Here the position of the departure and/or destination needs to be filled (e.g. 5124N00604E VENLO).
Check AIP Netherlands ENR. 1.10 Flight Planning for possible notations.

Narrow Route PIB Mask

Step 4 (define validity)

From time is calculated on the basis of the current time. The current time is converted to UTC time according to the set time zone. To time displays the From time plus 24 hours.

Define the time range for which you want to have NOTAM included in the PIB. All NOTAM and messages of other selected message types that are valid within the selected time range will be included in the PIB.

To define the From and To dates, either type in the values manually or use the Calendar pop-up. To call the Calendar pop-up, click the button. Select a month and day and click OK. The entered date must be the current date or a date in the future.

 

Step 5 (define further filter criteria)

The system allows you to enter filter criteria concerning the TAM that you want to have included in the PIB.

Message Type

Select the message type or types that you want to have included in the PIB. Message Type NOTAM is always included, SNOWTAM is selected by default.
Attention! BIRDTAM are not available and therefore they are not included in the PIB.

Briefing Type

Briefing type lets you choose which kind of NOTAM series you wish to have included in your PIB: international (INT), national (NAT) and/or military (MIL) NOTAM. One of the check boxes must be selected (if none is selected an error message is raised). INT and MIL are selected by default.

The options INT and NAT are for the language in which the NOTAM are issued. In the Netherlands NOTAM are issued in English (INT) only. Therefore you should always select INT to receive a PIB result.

Flight Rules

Flight Rules lets you choose which kind of NOTAM (in relation to the values in the issued NOTAM) you wish to have included in your PIB: IFR, VFR or IFR / VFR.

The system requires you to select one of the Flight Rules.

IFR stands for Instrument Flight Rules. A flight conducted in accordance with the Instrument Flight Rules is an IFR flight.

VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules. A flight conducted in accordance with the Visual Flight Rules is a VFR flight.

IFR/VFR is a combination of IFR and VFR and is selected by default.

Flight Level / Narrow Route Width

Enter the Lower FL, Upper FL and the Narrow Route Width.

Lower FL / Upper FL: A vertical limit must be defined. The output will contain relevant NOTAMs between the Lower FL and the Upper FL you insert. For example, if you insert a Lower FL of 000 and an Upper FL of 100 the output will contain NOTAMs relevant from the surface to FL100.

Narrow Route Width: A default parameter of 20NM has been set. This parameter can be adjusted to a maximum of 99NM.

 

Step 6 (define Route)

Specific rules, which are the same as those applicable to the route in an ICAO Flight Plan apply when completing the Route. The default setting is DCT for a direct flight from the Aerodrome of Departure point to the Aerodrome of Destination. Except when defining an Airway, DCT must be inserted between each element of the route.

The following values can be inserted into the route section:

·         Three-letter Navaids, e.g., DCT BNN DCT (= A route via the Bovingdon VOR)

·         Five-letter Waypoints, e.g., DCT MIMBY DCT (= A route via MIMBY)

·         Lat/Long coordinates, e.g., DCT 51N030W DCT or DCT 5130N03010W

·         Range/Bearing from Navaids, e.g., DCT BIG130030 DCT (= radial 130/30NM fm BIG)

·         Airways, e.g., DCT MALBY L9 KENET DCT (Joining Airway L9 at MALBY to KENET)

 

Step 7 (define additional crossed FIRs)

In the FIR field enter the ICAO Location Indicator of the additional FIR for which you want to generate the PIB and click the  on the lower right side of the FIRs section, Total displays the current number of additional FIRs.

If you do not know the ICAO Location Indicator of the FIR, click the Search () button. The Search FIRs screen that displays allows you to search for an FIR. You can search by FIR ID or FIR Name. Enter part of the FIR ID (for example EH), or the FIR Name (for example Amsterdam) in the corresponding fields and click Search. All additional FIRs that meet the entered search criteria are displayed.

A search criterion must be entered in one of the search fields. If you do not enter anything in these fields, an error message is displayed.

Search FIRs screen

Click on the FIR you want to add to your PIB. The selected FIR appears in the FIR list.

Step 8 (define alternate aerodromes)

In the Identifier field Aerodromes enter the ICAO location indicator of the aerodrome(s) for which you want to generate the PIB and click the Aerodrome-PIB.png button. On the lower left side of the Aerodromes section, Total displays the current number of entered aerodromes.

The ICAO Location Indicator of an aerodrome generally consists of a four-letter combination. Additionally several heliports/landing sites consist of a six-letter combination.

If you do not know the ICAO location indicator of the Aerodrome, click on the Aerodrome-PIB.png button. The Search Aerodromes screen appears and allows you to search for an aerodrome. You can search for an aerodrome by ICAO Code, IATA Code, FIR Code, the Aerodrome Name or the Type of Aerodrome (Aerodrome, Heliport, Landing site). Enter part of the ICAO code (for example EH) or fill one of the other fields and click Search. All aerodromes that meet the entered search criteria are displayed.
In almost all fields you can search by entering one or more characters. For the field FIR Code it is only possible to search on a fully entered FIR of 4 characters.

Search Aerodromes screen

Click on the aerodrome you want to add to your PIB. The selected aerodrome appears now in the aerodrome list.

It is also possible to enter ZZZZ in the Alternate Aerodrome field. 
When ZZZZ is used, an additional ALTN field is displayed. Here the position of the alternate needs to be filled (e.g. 5124N00604E VENLO).
Check AIP Netherlands ENR. 1.10 Flight Planning for possible notations.

Fully completed Narrow Route PIB form

Step 9 (generate PIB)

To generate the PIB, click on the Generate button.

The PIB contains all relevant (that meet the selected criteria) NOTAM and messages of other types for:

·          Aerodrome of departure (ADEP)

·          Aerodrome of destination (ADES)

·          Alternate Aerodromes (when added manually)

·          NOTAM (and ASHTAM) that intersect with the defined narrow route corridor

Attention! For Additional Crossed FIR’s (manually added) that do not intersect with the defined narrow route corridor, no TAM information is inserted in the Narrow Route PIB

The PIB lists NOTAM by Aerodromes and FIR’s (En-Route information and Nav Warnings).

The header of the PIB displays the following information:

·          Organisation Name

·          E-mail address of the organisation

·          Phone number of the organisation

·          Bulletin Generation date and time in UTC

·          Report reference number

·          Selected Validity time period of PIB in UTC

·          Selected Service Type. Full or Update

·          Selected Flight Rules (IFR, VFR or IFR / VFR)

·          Type of TAM included in the PIB
Not the selected types of TAM are displayed but the type of TAM that are actually inserted in the created PIB

·          ADEP

·          ADES

·          ALTN Aerodromes

·          FIR (including additional FIR’s)

·          Contents of PIB

·          Selected Briefing Type(s). INT and/or NAT and/or MIL

·          Legend with the symbols (and their meanings) that are placed in front of a displayed TAM message

·          Route

·          Width

The following pictures illustrate an example of a Narrow Route PIB:

Example of a Narrow Route PIB

 

Step 10 (option: send PIB in email)   

The generated PIB can be sent via e-mail. To send the PIB to one or more e-mail recipients, click the mail symbol (). The Email addresses dialog opens with as default the e-mail address of the user account:

Define multiple e-mail addresses in this dialog by entering the e-mail addresses separated by commas.

Send PIB via e-mail

Press Send to send the PIB to the specified e-mail addresses.

After successfully sending the PIB to the specified e-mail addresses, the following message displays:

PIB successfully sent

 

Step 11 (option: generate PDF)   

The PIB can be exported to a PDF file by clicking on the PDF symbol ().