Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) FAQs

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What is PDC?

PDCs are official text clearances issued for US IFR flight plans, and include the filed route, the cleared altitude, transponder code, departure frequency, and any special instructions. A PDC replaces (and is the same as) a verbal clearance from Clearance Delivery.

Which subscription do I need to have to receive PDC?

PDC is available to customers on Performance Plus or Business Performance. If your tail number is registered for PDC, everyone filing with that tail number at a PDC-enabled airport is required to have a Performance subscription in ForeFlight.

Does PDC through ForeFlight cost extra?

No, PDC is available as part of the Performance Plus or Business Performance plans at no extra charge.

How do I register for PDC through ForeFlight?

Click the Login button at the top of this page to log in to your account, click the Aircraft tab on the left and select the aircraft you want to register, then click "Enable" under Clearance Delivery. Answer the two registration questions in the window that appears and click Continue, then agree to the terms and conditions and submit your request. Our Customer Success Team will forward your registration to the FAA and activate PDC for the selected aircraft, or contact you to request more information if necessary.

There are multiple pilots who fly my aircraft.  Can I register PDC for myself only?

No, PDC is tied to the tail number and/or callsign.  Therefore, anyone who flies a registered tail number or uses a registered callsign will also be expected by the FAA to use PDC at PDC-enabled airports.  Please ensure that anyone using your tail number or callsign is aware of this FAA expectation.

I currently receive PDC through my aircraft's avionics from a data-service provider other than Satcom Direct. Can I still receive mobile PDC from ForeFlight?

No, ForeFlight has partnered exclusively with Satcom Direct to provide PDC, and your aircraft can only be registered to receive PDC from one data-service provider at a time. 

Do I need to still contact clearance delivery once I receive PDC?

No, PDC is your clearance and includes the assigned squawk code.  Once you have received PDC you are able to bypass calling clearance delivery.  If for some reason you do not receive PDC, you must contact clearance delivery as normal.

How long will it take after registering before I can start receiving PDC?

PDC registrations get updated each Thursday and should be available for use the following Monday.

Who will the PDC get sent to and how is it sent?

PDCs are delivered via email and SMS to the phone number and email listed in the flight plan filing form.  The PDC will also be sent to the account holder’s email if the email listed in the filing form differs from the account email.  PDC through ForeFlight is not available to be uploaded into your avionics.

When should I expect to receive the PDC and how long is it valid?

You should expect to receive the PDC about 20-30 mins prior to ETD and it is valid for 2 hours beyond the filed time of departure. In some circumstances the air traffic controller may choose to not deliver the PDC or the flight may not be eligible to receive PDC. If you do not receive a PDC, contact clearance delivery to receive your clearance.

Why did I not receive PDC?

It is ultimately at the air traffic controller’s discretion whether to deliver the PDC. A few common reasons why it may not be delivered include:

  • PDC does not support any type of revision to the flight plan or clearance. If there are any changes, the flight will be ineligible for PDC regardless of the source of the revision.

  • If the aircraft already received a PDC from that airport within the past 18 hours (An aircraft may receive only one PDC per airport per 18-hour period).

  • In some cases when a TEC route is issued.

Once registered, what do I need to do to receive the clearance?

The only thing you need to do is file your flight plan through ForeFlight and ensure that you have included your email address and phone number in the filing form.

 

At which airports are PDC and D-ATIS available?

PDC and digital ATIS are available through ForeFlight at 70+ major airports including:

ACY

Atlantic City

ADW

Andrews AFB

ANC

Anchorage International

ABQ

Albuquerque International

ALB

Albany International

ATL

Atlanta Hartsfield International

AUS

Austin-Bergstrom International

BDL

Windsor Locks Bradley International

BNA

Nashville International

BOI

Boise Air Terminal

BOS

Boston Logan International

BUF

Greater Buffalo International

BUR

Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena

BWI

Baltimore Washington International

CHS

Charleston International

CLE

Cleveland-Hopkins International

CLT

Charlotte/Douglas International

CMH

Port Columbus International

CVG

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

DAL

Dallas Love Field

DCA

Washington National

DEN

Denver International

DFW

Dallas/Fort Worth International

DTW

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County

ELP

El Paso International

EWR

Newark International

FLL

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International

GSO

Greensboro Piedmont Triad International

HNL

Honolulu International

HOU

William P Hobby - Houston

HPN

Westchester County - White Plains

IAD

Washington Dulles International

IAH

Houston Intercontinental

IND

Indianapolis International

JFK

New York Kennedy International

JAX

Jacksonville International

LAS

Las Vegas McCarran International

LAX

Los Angeles International

LGA

New York LaGuardia

LIT

Little Rock Adams Field

MCI

Kansas City International

MCO

Orlando International

MDW

Chicago Midway

MEM

Memphis International

MIA

Miami International

MKE

Milwaukee Mitchell International

MSP

Minneapolis Saint Paul International

MSY

New Orleans International/Moisant Field

OAK

Metropolitan Oakland International

OKC

Oklahoma City-Will Rogers

OMA

Omaha Eppley Airfield

ONT

Ontario International

ORD

Chicago O’Hare International

PBI

Palm Beach International

PDX

Portland International

PHL

Philadelphia International

PHX

Phoenix Sky Harbor International

PIT

Pittsburgh International

PVD

Theodore Francis Green-Providence

RDU

Raleigh-Durham International

RNO

Reno-Tahoe International

SAN

San Diego International-Lindbergh

SAT

San Antonio International

SDF

Louisville Standiford Field

SEA

Seattle-Tacoma International

SFO

San Francisco International

SJC

San Jose International

SJU

San Juan Marin International

SLC

Salt Lake City International

SMF

Sacramento Metropolitan

SNA

John Wayne Orange County

STL

Lambert-Saint Louis International

TEB

Teterboro

TPA

Tampa International

TUL

Tulsa International

VNY

Van Nuys