Flight Information Program (FLIP) Products
A complete list of available FLIP and related products are contained in the Defense Logistics Agency Electronic Catalog of Maps, Charts, and Other Geospatial Products, Section 2 - Flight Information Publications (FLIP).
There are three standard types of Flight Information Publications (Planning, Enroute and Terminal) that cover eight geographic areas throughout the world. These items are produced in increments varying from 28 to 365 days. Sufficient quantities of each product type are produced and printed to adequately supply all active subscription accounts and depot shelf stock.
FLIP planning products include books intended primarily for use in pre-flight planning at base, squadron, and unit operations offices and low altitude, large scale wall charts showing radio aids to navigation, authorized airports, and other aeronautical data necessary for preliminary flight planning.
These publications are designed to provide enroute information portraying high and low altitude airway systems with related navigational data and airports required to support radio navigation. Products include Flight Information Handbooks, supplements, and low/high altitude sheets.
Terminal products provide information on standardized routings, instrument approach procedures, and terrain data within a 50 nautical mile radius of selected airports.
There are a number of FLIP-related products containing other important aeronautical information. Some examples include Foreign Clearance Guides, Sectional Aeronautical Charts, VFR Terminal Area Charts, U.S. Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPs), Airman's Information Manual, ICAO Documents and the Air Almanac.
FLIP Ordering Procedures
FLIP products are assigned National Stock Numbers (NSN) and can be ordered by MILSTRIP / FEDSTRIP. However the urgent need and short interval between FLIP products makes constant ordering burdensome and timely receipt and use unlikely. Therefore, FLIP distribution is normally achieved through Automatic Distribution (AD) rather than through ordering. When establishing AD customers must identify the effective date their AD is to begin and must submit their request 60 days prior to that date.
FLIP Automatic Distribution
FLIP products are published in 28-day cycles to coincide with internationally established effective dates. The National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) provide initial Automatic Distribution (AD) of all FLIP cycles to customers via direct contractor delivery. Although the Richmond Map Facility (RMF) compiles and monitors the list of authorized FLIP customers, we are not responsible for FLIP AD to customers at the start of each cycle.
MCO maintains limited quantities of shelf stock, which are available to customers through the normal requisitioning process. Customers must order through their local supply channels to obtain the required FLIP products. To ensure requirements are met, it is strongly suggested customers receive requirements via AD.
FLIP stock numbers can be obtained via the NGA Reference Number/ National Stock Number (NRN/NSN) Download page.
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