Regional Supplementary Procedures
|Publication Date:||1 January 2008|
1. The ICAO Regional Supplementary Procedures (SUPPS) form the procedural part of the Air Navigation Plans developed by Regional Air Navigation (RAN) Meetings to meet those needs of specific areas which are not covered in the worldwide provisions. They complement the statement of requirements for facilities and services contained in the Air Navigation Plan publications. Procedures of worldwide applicability are included either in the Annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation as Standards or Recommended Practices, or in the Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS).
2. In the development of Regional Supplementary Procedures, the following criteria must be satisfied:
a) Regional Supplementary Procedures should indicate a mode of implementing procedural provisions in Annexes and PANS, as distinct from a statement or description of required facilities and services as published in the Air Navigation Plan publications. Regional Supplementary Procedures may also indicate permissible additions to provisions in Annexes and PANS, subject to the restrictions in b) and c).
b) Regional Supplementary Procedures must not be in conflict with the provisions contained in the Annexes or PANS. They must either specify detailed procedural regional options for those provisions or promulgate a regional procedure of justifiable operational significance, additional to existing provisions in Annexes or PANS.
c) In the drafting of Regional Supplementary Procedures, variations in the text of procedures with similar intent applicable to more than one area should be avoided.
3. The Regional Supplementary Procedures do not have the same status as Standards and Recommended Practices. The latter are adopted by Council in pursuance of Article 37 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, subject to the full procedure of Article 90. PANS are approved by the President of the Council of ICAO on behalf of the Council and SUPPS are approved by the Council; the PANS are recommended to Contracting States for worldwide use, whilst the SUPPS are recommended to Contracting States for application in the groups of flight information regions to which they are relevant.
4. PANS were originally developed from common recommendations of regional meetings and were given worldwide application by the ICAO Council after action thereon by ICAO Divisions. Subsequently, there has been a gradual evolution of procedures from the regional to the worldwide category as ICAO Divisions have been able to adapt regionally developed procedures to worldwide requirements. Concurrently, some of the worldwide procedures have been found suitable for classification as Standards or Recommended Practices and therefore are gradually being incorporated into the Annexes to the Convention.
5. Application of the Regional Supplementary Procedures in certain areas of the world has been specified according to groups of flight information regions (FIRs) as shown on page (xiii). The abbreviations on the chart identifying the groups of flight information regions in which specific sets of SUPPS apply have been chosen in reference to ICAO region designators, but the limits of the areas of application do not necessarily coincide with the boundaries of the ICAO regions.
6. Whenever there is a specific relationship between a supplementary procedure and an Annex or PANS, such relationship has been indicated by reference to the parent document and relevant chapter, appendix, etc. These references appear above the text, together with the appropriate abbreviation as follows:
A - Annexes to the Convention
P - Procedures for Air Navigation Services
Examples: (A2 - Chapter 3) - Refers to Chapter 3 of Annex 2 - Rules of the Air (P-ATM - Chapters 7 and 9) - Refers to Chapters 7 and 9 of Doc 4444 - Procedures for Air Navigation Services - Air Traffic Management
7. The degree of non-application of the Regional Supplementary Procedures or national differences are notified in Aeronautical Information Publications in accordance with the provisions of Annex 15 - Aeronautical Information Services (cf. 4.1.1, 4.1.2 c) and Appendix 1).
8. This document is maintained by amendments as required. Any errors or omissions should be brought to the attention of the Secretary General, ICAO, 999 University Street, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H3C 5H7.