Now that we have chosen our NAT we know where we join it (COLOR) and where to leave it (DOLIP). We now move on to plan how to get to and from these NAT end-points.
Now as we know our NAT entering point we need to work out the best way of getting there, the first thing to consider is any preferred routing mentioned in the America ATCSCC Advisory.
The preferred IFR routing (High altitudes) from Newark to the coastal fix are:
|Track U||EWR DCT MERIT DCT HFD DCT PUT DCT BOS DCT TUSKY N63B VIXUN||TRACKU|
|Track V||EWR DCT MERIT DCT HFD DCT PUT DCT BOS DCT BRADD N53B YYT||TRACKV|
|Track W||EWR DCT MERIT DCT HFD DCT PUT DCT BOS DCT KANNI N43A COLOR||TRACKW|
|Track X||EWR DCT MERIT DCT HFD DCT PUT DCT BOS DCT WHALE N35A BANCS||TRACKX|
|Track Y||EWR DCT MERIT DCT HFD DCT PUT DCT BOS DCT VITOL N27A RAFIN
EWR DCT DIXIE V276 PREPI DCT OWENZ DCT LINND DCT KENDA DCT LACKS DCT VITOL N27A RAFIN
Looking above at the routings we know now our initial routing from Newark Airport to our entry point COLOR. We also know already our NAR (North American Route): N43A, which goes from KANNI to COLOR.
Finally we append the requested mach speed and flight level for the crossing. This must be filed as well if the flight level and/or mach speed doesn't change.
So now we have our complete route on the Canadian side: MERIT DCT HFD DCT PUT DCT BOS DCT KANNI N43A COLOR/M081F380
We now have to plan the route from the end of NAT W to Heathrow Airport (EGLL). So all we need to find now is our arrival route into Heathrow.
2 STARs are available for western arrivals:
We will enter the European Airspace west of the coast of Ireland so the choice is clear: We will use the OCK2F arrival via BEDEK, so all we have to do is plan the route via the available airways: UN523 CRK UL607 NUMPO Y3 BEDEK OCK2F