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Equipment suffixes

PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 4:05 pm
by mcdonaldc
What equipment suffix am I supposed to file to fly above FL290, PMDG 737. I am not a real pilot. The controller I spoke with told me to look in the AIM, but it's gibberish to me.

Re: Equipment suffixes

PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 6:30 pm
by Kevin_atc
It all depends on the capability of your aircraft. Between FL290-410 is RVSM airspace therefore you need to have the correct equipment to fly in it. Knowing that, you should be able to pair up the equipment within your airplane to a qualifying RVSM equipment suffix.

Re: Equipment suffixes

PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 3:37 am
by kullery
This may help you out.

http://www.myflightroute.com/equipcode.php

Suggestion, if the AIM is “gibberish” to you, a 737 may not be the best aircraft choice. Better to start in a smaller, slower GA aircraft and work your way up, just like typical R/W flight training.

Re: Equipment suffixes

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:59 am
by dhplane
Just to be clear, if my airplane is RVSM capable but a partícular flight is to be flown BELOW FL290, do I still file /L, or should I use /G?... thx as always...

Re: Equipment suffixes

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:34 am
by kullery
AIM 5−1−8 a3 note 4.

“It is recommended that pilots file the maximum transponder or navigation capability of their aircraft in the equipment suffix. This will provide ATC with the necessary information to utilize all facets of navigational equipment and transponder capabilities available.”

While you may plan to fly a certain altitude, filing with your maximum capability increases options for any potential diversions.

Re: Equipment suffixes

PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:41 am
by dhplane
That's what I thought, but wanted to make sure... THX for the prompt response!