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Before boarding an aircraft, a navigator must thoroughly plan the flight. A well-planned flight provides a professional atmosphere, enhancing safety and accomplishment of flight objectives. Also, adequate flight planning prior to flight can avoid unnecessary in-flight problems. This category describes the navigator’s flight planning. It begins with a discussion of air traffic control (ATC) systems, followed by a brief description of publications, with which a professional navigator should be familiar. All phases of ground planning are discussed, from chart selection to arrival study.