NOTAM’s Simplification – Response to S.1335? Should be noted!

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ARTICLE: FAA to release easier-to-read NOTAMS

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AOPA issued a press release that the FAA will revise its wording of Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs). In particular, AOPA noted that the format of notices to airmen and the contractions used in NOTAMS will be improved. The revisions, which take effect Oct. 1, were “designed to harmonize the U.S. system” with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards “and make NOTAMS more easily read,” the FAA said. The FAA statement includes some examples of the new lexicon:

  • For pilot-reported condition, the NOTAM will include “pilot reported”
  • NOTAMs will expire no later than 12 hours
  • Units of measurement used (for example, when a measurement in feet is given, “500 will change to 500FT”; when a measurement in miles is given, “5 will change to 5NM”).
  • Changes have also been made to the presentation of altitudes, with affected altitudes shown between lower and upper limits. For example, “1000/BLW will change to SFC – 1000FT.”

The FAA did not mention that the mandate contained in Sen. Inhofe’s Pilot’s Bill of Rights. Section 3 of S.1335:

Directs the Administrator to begin a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Improvement Program to improve the system of providing airmen with pertinent and timely information before a flight in the national airspace system.

The Senator’s legislation was an obvious attempt by the senior Senator from Oklahoma to get the FAA’s attention and he intends to propose more reforms. The FAA Congressional Affairs Office might want to consider including some reference to §3.

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