Chapter 2. AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION
Section 1. AIRMEN'S INFORMATION SYSTEM
The system for disseminating aeronautical
information is made up of two subsystems, the
Airmen's Information System (AIS) and the
NOTAM System. The AIS consists of charts and
publications. The NOTAM system is a telecommunication system and will be discussed in later
2-1-2. DISSEMINATION OF AIRMEN INFORMATION
Airmen information is disseminated by the following
a. Aeronautical charts depicting permanent
1. IFR Charts:
(a) Enroute High Altitude Conterminous U.S.
(b) Enroute Low Altitude Conterminous U.S.
(c) Alaska Charts.
(d) Pacific Charts.
2. U.S. Terminal Procedures:
(a) Departure Procedures (DPs).
(b) Standard Terminal Arrivals (STARs).
(c) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs).
3. VFR Charts:
(a) Sectional Aeronautical Charts.
(b) Terminal Area Charts (TAC).
(c) World Aeronautical Charts (WAC).
b. Flight information publications outlining
1. Notices to Airmen (NTAP).
2. Airport/Facility Directory (AFD).
3. Pacific Chart Supplement.
4. Alaska Supplement.
5. Alaska Terminal.
6. Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM).
2-1-3. PUBLICATION CRITERIA
The following conditions or categories of
information should be forwarded to the National
Flight Data Center (NFDC) for inclusion in the flight
information publications and charts.
a. NAVAIDs. Commissioning, decommissioning,
restrictions, frequency changes, changes in
monitoring status and monitoring facility used in the
National Airspace System (NAS). NAVAID outage
NOTAMs shall remain active until the NAVAID is
returned to service or decommissioned.
b. Commissioning, decommissioning, changes
in hours of operation of FAA air traffic control
c. Surface areas/airspace. Changes in hours of
d. RCOs and RCAGs. Commissioning, decommissioning, changes in voice control or monitoring
e. Weather reporting stations. Commissioning,
decommissioning, failure, nonavailability or
f. Public airports. Commissioning, decommissioning, openings, closings, and abandonments.
g. ARFF capability. Restrictions to air carrier
h. Changes to runway identifiers, dimensions,
threshold placements, and surface compositions.
i. NAS lighting systems. Commissioning, decommissioning, outages, change in classification or
2-1-4. NOTICES TO
a. The Notices to Airmen Publication (NTAP) is
published by System Operations Services, System
Operations and Safety, Publications, every 28 days.
b. Data of a permanent nature can be published in
the Notices to Airmen Publication as an interim step
between publication cycles of the AFD and
c. The Notices to Airmen Publication is divided
into four parts:
1. Notices in part one are provided by the
NFDC. This part contains selected NOTAMs that are
expected to be in effect on the effective date of the
publication. This part is divided into three sections:
(a) Airway NOTAMs reflecting airway
changes that fall within an ARTCCs airspace.
(b) Airports/Facilities, and Procedural
NOTAMs. The criteria for this section is listed in
paragraph 2-1-3, Publication Criteria.
(c) FDC General NOTAMs containing
NOTAMs that are general in nature and not tied to a
specific airport/facility (i.e., flight advisories and
2. Part two, also provided by NFDC, contains
revisions to Minimum En Route IFR Altitudes and
3. Part three, International, contains Flight
Prohibitions, Potential Hostile Situations, Foreign
Notices, and Oceanic Airspace Notices.
4. Part four, compiled by Publications from data
provided by FAA service area offices, contains
special notices and graphics pertaining to almost
every aspect of aviation; such as, military training
areas, large scale sporting events, air show
information, and airport-specific information.
Special Traffic Management Programs (STMPs) are
published in part 4.
1. Notices in parts three and four of the NTAP are
submitted to and processed through System Operations
and Safety, Publications, not NFDC. Cutoff dates and
requirements for notices in parts three and four are in the
2. FDC NOTAMs for temporary flight restrictions are not
published in the Notices to Airmen Publication.
2-1-5. FORWARDING DATA
a. When notice is received of a temporary
condition which is expected to be corrected before
information can be published, issue a NOTAM if it
b. NOTAM or aeronautical information
concerning an extended (more than 30 days)
shutdown or closure affecting components of the
NAS shall be forwarded in advance of the
occurrence to the NFDC. NFDC shall publish data
received in accordance with existing policies,
criteria, and publication cutoff deadlines. The
schedule of publication cutoff dates is contained in
the NTAP and AFD.
c. When time does not permit notification to
NFDC by mail, forward the data via administrative
message, FAX, or contact the appropriate NFDC
section by telephone during administrative hours.
d. Information received by NFDC for publication
that meets publication criteria and will be current on
the effective date of the next available NTAP or AFD
publication will be published.
2-1-6. CHART/PUBLICATION ERRORS OR OMISSIONS
Air traffic managers shall review each edition of the
Notices to Airmen Publication, the Airport/Facility
Directory, and other publications and charts to ensure
that all required data is included and correct. Inform
NFDC promptly of errors or omissions in any
publication or chart. Notification of errors in the
NTAP parts three and four should be sent to
Air traffic managers will review all current NOTAMs
issued by their facility on a quarterly basis for currency. If
published or more than 30 days old, originators of these
NOTAMs shall be contacted for possible cancellation of
2-1-7. ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGES
All data forwarded to the NFDC via telecommunications for publication shall be forwarded to the
Washington Headquarters Telecommunications
Center (RWA), attention Aeronautical Information
ATTN Aeronautical Information Management
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS SUBMITTED
FOR PUBLICATION IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE
NOTICES TO AIRMEN AND OR OTHER
PUBLICATIONS AS REQUIRED. DCA VASI RWY 17
CMSND. ATCT HOURS 0900-1900. SIMEONE
2-1-8. ADDRESSING CORRESPONDENCE
All correspondence to be mailed to the NFDC for
publication shall be addressed to:
Federal Aviation Administration
Aeronautical Information Management
National Flight Data Center
800 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20591
2-1-9. NFDC ORGANIZATION
The NFDC is divided into the following sections
listed below. Questions and data should be referred
directly to the appropriate section.
a. Airports, Facilities and Communications
Section, telephone: 202-267-9308.
b. Airspace and Flight Procedures Section,
c. Plans and Programs Section, telephone:
d. FAX numbers: Aeronautical Information
Management: 202-493-4266; AJR-321:
202-267-5322. Toll Free: 1-866-295-8236.
e. Web Page: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/
2-1-10. THE NATIONAL FLIGHT DATA DIGEST (NFDD)
The NFDD is used to transmit data from NFDC to
chart and publication producers. It may be used to
update records. However, it shall not be used as a
basis to cancel NOTAMs.
2-1-11. COMPUTER PRINTOUTS
Computer printouts listing all navigational aids and
public use civil landing areas by flight plan area may
be obtained from Aeronautical Information