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Equipment Suffixes Changed From /Q To /L  
User currently offlineAWE1549 From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 3 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5175 times:

Hi all,

I have been noticing on FlightAware, recently, that the equipment suffixes have changed from /Q to /L on the airliners. Has there been some sort of revision to the suffixes that caused the airlines to change what they file? Is the /L the new /Q?


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29484 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5135 times:

Onboard equipment may have changed? Found this Fllightaware page explaining the flight plan suffixes.

User currently offlinedinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4738 times:

FAA aircraft equipment suffixes changed towards the end of October. The information in the link above from flightaware is no longer accurate.

The only information I could find with 2 minutes of googling came from the NBAA.

Here is an excerpt.

"Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 23, 2013 – The FAA today is updating the equipment suffixes for domestic flight plans to more accurately indicate the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) capabilities of aircraft. Effective Thursday, Oct. 24 at 0001Z, the closing day of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013), the /R, /Q, /E, /F, /J and /K suffixes will be removed and replaced with new suffixes, according to the aircraft’s equipage for RNAV capability, GNSS capability and RVSM approval.
When filing a domestic flight plan, operators that have been using the removed suffixes should determine the new equipment suffix for their aircraft as follows:
• RNAV capability with GNSS and with RVSM: /L
• RNAV capability with GNSS and without RVSM: /G
• RNAV capability without GNSS and with RVSM: /Z
• RNAV capability without GNSS and without RVSM: /I
Operators should only use the new suffixes when they have RNAV capability, but do not require performance-based navigation (PBN) routing (for example RNAV SIDs and STARs). Operators that desire PBN routing should file an International Civil Aviation Organization format flight plan including PBN information in Field 18 per instructions."

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