G450 Enroute to Alaska (Photo: Jeff Stafford)
Crossing the Atlantic a hundred times doesn't make you an international pilot, and flying around the world for a living five years ago doesn't make you an international guru today. The rules vary by region and they are changing all the time. You need to study up for every trip!
International Operations encompasses all flight operations outside the United States. Over the years, the U.S. has adopted more and more of the ICAO procedures and the ICAO has done more to standardize their procedures. In short, it has gotten easier.
This International Operations Manual has morphed into several areas of Code 7700 but can be summarized as follows.
The International Operations Manual details the policies needed to set up a flight department capable of international flight operations, the steps necessary to set up a trip, and then uses an example trip to detail flight steps for oceanic operations.