Home : Newsroom : Article Display

POLFRA - Polish Free Route Airspace

| Feb. 28, 2019

Poland 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: http://polfra.pansa.pl/.

LATERAL LIMITS
The application of Free Route Airspace concept encompasses the horizontal boundaries of POLFRA area as it will be published in AIP Poland. The POLFRA is not applied in the airspace of TMAs/MTMAs and CTRs/MCTRs.

VERTICAL LIMITS
Free Route Airspace in the Warszawa FIR is the airspace of the POLFRA area as it will be published in AIP Poland from FL 095 to FL 660 excluding the airspace of TMAs/MTMAs and CTRs/MCTRs.

APPLICABILITY
The POLFRA operational availability is planned for H24 on a permanent basis.

ATS ROUTE NETWORK IN POLFRA
The ATS route network within the Warszawa FIR will remain available for flight planning for the transition period.

FLIGHT PLANNING PROCEDURES
Within the POLFRA, aircraft operators will be able to flight plan freely "Direct'' between a defined POLFRA Horizontal Entry point and a defined POLFRA Horizontal Exit point, with the possibility to route via defined POLFRA Intermediate points without reference to the ATS route network, subject to airspace availability. Segments between POLFRA significant points shall be indicated by DCT in item 15 (Route) of the flight plan in accordance with ICAO Doc 4444.

Example: [Entry Point] DCT [Intermediate point] DCT [Intermediate point] DCT [Exit Point].

There will be no limitations on the length of DCT segments and DCT segments shall not be planned doser than 5 NM to the lateral border of the POLFRA area.

The planning of DCT segments that are partially outside the lateral limits of POLFRA without using the proper Entry/Exit points (multiple re-entry segments) will not be allowed.

Only POLFRA defined 5-letter name codes as published in AIP Poland ENR 4.4 or an en-route radio navigation aid as published in ENR 4.1 shall be used for flight planning. Within the POLFRA, aircraft operators will be also able to flight plan along published ATS routes and/or along allowed "Direct" options in accordance with AIP Poland, ENR 1.10. Within the POLFRA, aircraft operators shall comply with the airspace utilization rules and availability in accordance with AIP Poland, ENR 1.10.

First/last point in the FPL

SID and STAR procedures published:
•Departing flights shall be planned beginning from the SID final Waypoint,
• Arriving flights shall be planned to the STAR initial waypoint.

SID and STAR procedures not published:
•Departing flights shall be planned beginning from defined DEPARTURE point;
• Arriving flights shall be planned to the ARRIVAL point

Uncontrolled and military aerodromes:
•any point within 50NM radius from the ARP

Connecting routes:
• Compulsory - defined for most important departure / arrival flows for airports; to stabilize the traffic flows.
• Optional – for less important airport flows; to facilitate flight planning process for airspace users.