Fastest way to confirm if a pilot has a STAR in their flight plan

January, 16, 2021 by

When radar controllers control a Center or Approach frequency the controller should need to review pilot’s flight plans to see if they have a STAR procedure included for their destination. From the ATC Manual:

6.6.9 — […] Controllers should review aircraft flight plans on initial contact to determine whether or not they include the preferred STAR for their destination airport. Aircraft not on a preferred STAR should be instructed to “Amend Flight Plan to Include Preferred STAR at Destination” to give the aircraft time to refile.

You may believe currently that the only way to check to see if they have a STAR included in their flight plan is by clicking show information.

  • Tap on the aircraft
  • Show Information
  • Look at the bottom of their information for the procedures that are listed in their flight

A quicker way though to check is by going to the pilot’s ATC menu and then checking to see if you can send the command “Descend via XX”. If you do not have that option, they do not have a STAR procedure in their flight plan.

  • Tap on the aircraft
  • Other messages
  • Scroll down to the “Descend via” command

This is the preferred method for me to check, personally. It’s much quicker and is a help in a busy airspace.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More