NOTAMs

NOtice To AirMen. Microaggression aside, NOTAMs are the way to distribute temporary (and not-so-temporary) notices about... just about anything in aviation.

There are 5 subtypes of NOTAMs:

  • (D) NOTAMs
    • “Information that requires wide dissemination via telecommunication, regarding enroute navigation aids, civil public-use airports listed in the Chart Supplement U.S., facilities, services, and procedures.” (Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide, ASA)
    • These will have keywords contained in the first part of the text, which identifies what the NOTAM is specifically about. These include:
      • “RWY, TWY, APRON, AD, OBST, NAV, COM, SVC,AIRSPACE, ODP, SID, STAR, CHART, DATA, IAP, VFP, ROUTE, SPECIAL, SECURITY, (U) or (O).”
  • FDC NOTAMs
    • “Flight information that is regulatory in nature including, but not limited to, changes to IFR charts, procedures, and airspace usage.” (Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide, ASA)
  • Pointer NOTAMs
    • “Issued by a flight service station to highlight or point out another NOTAM; Used to assist users in cross-referencing important information that may not be found under an airport or NAVAID identifier”. (Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide, ASA) Essentially, analog links.
  • Military NOTAMs
    • Fairly self-explanatory, NOTAMs related to the US military navigational aids and airports.
  • SAA NOTAMs
    • These note when Special Activity Airspace “will be active outside the published schedule[d] times and when required.” (Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide, ASA)
    • Examples of Special Activity Airspace include:
      • Special use airspace (Restricted, MOAS, warning, alert areas)
      • Instrument & visual military training routes
      • aerial refueling tracks & anchors.
    • Source: Instrument Pilot Pilot Oral Exam Guide, ASA

Sources

  • Hayes, Michael D.. Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide (Oral Exam Guide Series) Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Last updated: 2021-11-10 21:11:31 -0800