NAT Clearance changes – a game!



  • We’ve made a little game to help with Oceanic Clearances changes on the NAT.
  • You can download it here.
  • Updated March 26, 2024 – Edition 2!


Click to download PDF.


Why the game?


By Christmas of 2024, all OACC’s on the NAT will stop transmitting an Oceanic Clearance to you. They still want you to send an “RCL” message, which used to mean “Request Clearance”, but now it just means “Tell us your latest preferences”. Think of it as Checking In.

There are different dates when Oceanic Clearances will cease to be issued in the following FIRs:

  • ShanwickApril 9  May  Q4 2024  December 3
  • GanderMarch  May 3  December 3
  • BodøMarch  May 6  To be decided
  • Santa Maria: completed March 21
  • Iceland:  completed March 21

But let there be no further blather about it here! We’ve done enough of that already – check here for our previous post on the topic. Just play the game – it’s fun, and will tell you everything you need to know in 3 pages! Print it out, share it, pin it on a wall somewhere if you so desire. We do so desire.

And if you have a question not covered in the game, send it to us at, and we’ll help you out – and add it into the next version.

Even more NAT goodies coming soon…

Our in-house bakers at OPSGROUP HQ are currently hard at work perfecting the recipe for a new version of our NAT Plotting & Planning chart and NAT Guide: My First North Atlantic Flight is Tomorrow – valid for 2024.

So start licking those lips, OPSGROUP members! (And if you fly the North Atlantic now and then, and would like to help out with these two new docs, please send us an email or jump right into the #atlantic channel in Slack where we will be thrashing it out).

Happy Crossings! ✈️ 🌊 🧑‍✈️


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