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POLFRA - Polish Free Route Airspace
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Within the scope of the pan-European network FRA initiatives, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) will implement permanent Free Route Operations from 28 FEB 2019. The FRA within the airspace of Warszawa FIR, Poland is named POLFRA.

On the following website the documents related to the implementation of POLFRA will be published by PANSA.

BE AWARE!
All the materials on the page are not the official aeronautical publications and should not be used for operational purposes. Please consult AIP Poland for final data.


1. DEFINITIONS:

1.1 FRA (FREE ROUTE AIRSPACE)

A specified airspace within which users may freely plan a route between a defined entry point and a defined exit point, with the possibility to route via intermediate (published) waypoints, without reference to the ATS route network, subject to airspace availability. Within this airspace, flights remain subject to air traffic control.


1.2 FRA SIGNIFICANT POINT

FRA Horizontal Entry Point (E)

A published significant point on the horizontal boundary of the Free Route Airspace from which FRA operations are allowed. The FRA relevance of such points is included in ENR 4.4 columns as (E).

FRA Horizontal Exit Point (X)

A published Significant Point on the horizontal boundary of the Free Route Airspace to which FRA operations are allowed. The FRA relevance of such points is included in ENR 4.4 columns as (X).

FRA Intermediate Point (I)

A published Significant Point via which FRA operations are allowed. Intermediate points may be used to connect FRA operations to ATS Route Network. The FRA relevance of such points is included in ENR 4.1/4.4 columns as (I).

FRA Arrival Connecting Point (A)

A published Significant Point to which FRA operations are allowed for arriving traffic to specific aerodromes. The FRA relevance of such points is included in ENR 4.4 columns as (A).


2. APLLICABILITY OF POLFRA:

TIME:

POLFRA in Warszawa FIR is applicable H24.

LATERAL AND VERTICAL LIMITS OF POLFRA:

POLFRA comprises the controlled area of the Warszawa FIR, from FL095 to FL 660, and additionally delegation of ATS: S OF DESEN, except the airspaces listed below:

  • all TMA airspaces;
  • delegation of ATS: W OF OKX, S OF KŁODZKO, CTA 01, CTA 02, CTA 04, CTA 05.

AIRSPACE CLASSIFICATION:

POLFRA in Warszawa FIR is implemented only in Class C airspace.


3. ELIGIBILITY OF FLIGHTS:


Eligible flights are all flights that are intending to operate within the vertical and horizontal limits of POLFRA, regardless of the phase of flight (overflights, arriving or departing to/from local airports or to/from airports situated in close proximity of POLFRA).

4. PROCEDURES:

4.1 GENERAL:

Within POLFRA airspace users are allowed to plan user preferred trajectories using significant points (see ENR 4.1 and ENR 4.4) under special conditions and rules laid down in AIP and RAD.

Within POLFRA relevant significant points are considered as FRA Horizontal Entry (E), FRA Horizontal Exit (X), FRA Intermediate (I), FRA Arrival Connecting (A) and FRA Departure Connecting (D) Points, as described in ENR 4.1 / ENR 4.4.

Eligible flights shall flight plan via FRA relevant points according to the table below.


From

To

Remark

FRA Horizontal Entry Point (E)

FRA Horizontal Exit Point (X)

Flight plan direct or via one or several intermediate points.

FRA Arrival Connecting Point (A)

FRA Intermediate Point (I)

FRA Horizontal Departure Connecting Point (D)

FRA Horizontal Exit Point (X)

FRA Arrival Connecting Point (A)

FRA Intermediate Point (I)

FRA Intermediate Point (I)

FRA Horizontal Exit Point (X)

FRA Arrival Connecting Point (A)

FRA Intermediate Point (I)


In POLFRA there is no limitation on the number of FRA Intermediate Points (I) and DCTs used in field 15.

Within POLFRA there is no limitation on the maximum DCT distance.

Flights shall not be planned closer than 5NM to the published POLFRA border.

It is mandatory to insert a FRA Horizontal Entry/Exit Point in the flight plan when entering/exiting POLFRA Area except for traffic entering/exiting to/from FIR EPWW via TMAs.


4.2 ATS ROUTE NETWORK

The ATS route network within FIR Warszawa remains available for flight planning and is mandatory to cross TMAs above FL095 and the following areas published in ENR 2.1.2: CTA 01/CTA 02/CTA 03/CTA 04/CTA 05.


4.3 ACCESS TO/FROM TERMINAL AIRSPACE

Entering the POLFRA by departing traffic shall be planned via:

  • a FRA Departure Connecting Point;
  • a SID Final Point;
  • if required, the last point on a FRA Connecting Route;
  • a FRA Horizontal Entry Point if departing from aerodrome in the proximity of FIR EPWW;
  • if no suitable SID is available, via defined FRA (I) point within a required distance from the aerodrome according to the RAD.

Exiting the POLFRA by arriving traffic shall be planned via:

  • a FRA Arrival Connecting Point;
  • a STAR Initial Waypoint;li>
  • if required, the first point on a FRA Connecting Route;
  • a FRA Horizontal Exit Point if arriving to an aerodrome in the proximity of FIR EPWW;
  • if no suitable STAR is available, via defined FRA (I) point within a required distance from the aerodrome according to the RAD.

Mandatory connecting routes should be used for flight planning of departing/arriving traffic from/to airports published in ENR 3.5.

Recommended connecting routes are optional for flight planning of departing/arriving traffic from/to airports published in ENR 3.5. If in line with POLFRA rules other flight plans will be accepted.


4.4 FLIGHT LEVEL ORIENTATION SCHEME

The Flight Level Orientation Scheme (FLOS) applicable within POLFRA corresponds to the current Table of Cruising levels published in ENR 1.7.


4.5 AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS AND AIRSPACE RESERVATIONS

Flight planning is not permitted through active restricted airspace, unless otherwise stated in FUA restrictions.

In order to correctly manage flight planning validation process in POLFRA all restricted areas above FL095 are associated with corresponding FBZ (Flight Buffer Zone) and/or relevant FUA restriction. All active restricted areas and FBZs will be published in EAUP/EUUP on NOP portal and should be used for proper flight planning validation.

EAUP/EUUP should be considered the main source for FPL purposes to notify airspace users about the status of airspace structures. The EAUPs/EUUPs update automatically the Network Manager CACD, therefore its information is used by IFPS for flight planning validation purposes.

Airspace Users shall plan their trajectory around airspaces that are not available for civil operations as published by EAUP/EUUP or NOTAM by using FRA Intermediate points published in ENR 4.1 / ENR 4.4.


4.6 ROUTE AVAILABILITY DOCUMENT (RAD)

All POLFRA constrains, exceptions and restrictions, are published via the RAD and promulgated in accordance with ENR 1.10.

https://www.nm.eurocontrol.int/RAD/index.html