Chapter 2. Aeronautical
Section 1. Aeronautical Information System
The system for disseminating aeronautical
information is made up of two subsystems, the Aeronautical 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 paragraphs.
OF AIRMEN INFORMATION
Airmen information is disseminated by the
charts depicting permanent baseline data:
High Altitude Conterminous U.S.
Low Altitude Conterminous U.S.
Terminal Arrivals (STARs).
Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs).
Area Charts (TAC).
Aeronautical Charts (WAC).
information publications outlining baseline data:
to Airmen (NTAP).
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. Time
critical delays, corrections, or changes to previously published data that
cannot be republished before occurrence must be issued as a NOTAM, providing
they meet the criteria set forth in this order.
Commissioning, decommissioning, restrictions, frequency changes, changes in
monitoring status and monitoring facility used in the National Airspace
System (NAS). NAVAID outage NOTAMs must remain active until the NAVAID is
returned to service or decommissioned.
decommissioning, changes in hours of operation of FAA air traffic control
areas/airspace. Changes in hours of operations.
Communication Outlets and Remote Communication Air Ground. Commissioning,
decommissioning, changes in voice control or monitoring facility.
reporting stations. Commissioning, decommissioning, failure, nonavailability
or unreliable operations.
airports. Commissioning, decommissioning, openings, closings, and
Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) capability. Restrictions to air carrier
to runway identifiers, dimensions, threshold placements, and surface
lighting systems. Commissioning, decommissioning, outages, change in
classification or operation.
2-1-4. NOTICES TO AIRMEN PUBLICATION
is published by Mission Support Services, ATC Products and Publications,
every 28 days.
of a permanent nature can be published in the Notices to Airmen Publication
as an interim step between publication cycles of the AFD and aeronautical
Notices to Airmen Publication is divided into four parts:
in Part 1 are provided by ATC Products and Publications. This part contains
selected FDC NOTAMs that are expected to be in effect on the effective date
of the publication. This part is divided into three sections:
1, Airway NOTAMs, reflecting airway changes that fall within an ARTCCs
2, Procedural NOTAMs.
3, General NOTAMs, containing NOTAMs that are general in nature and not tied
to a specific airport/facility (for example, flight advisories and
restrictions, open duration Special Security Instructions and Special Flight
2, provided by NFDC, contains Part 95 Revisions, Revisions to Minimum En
Route IFR Altitudes and Changeover Points.
3, International NOTAMs, is divided into two sections.
1, International Flight Prohibitions, Potential Hostile Situations, and
2, International Oceanic Airspace Notices.
4, Graphic Notices, compiled by ATC Products and Publications from data
provided by FAA service area offices and other lines of business, contains
special notices and graphics pertaining to almost every aspect of aviation;
such as, military training areas, large scale sporting events, air show
information, Special Traffic Management Programs (STMPs) and
airport-specific information. This part is comprised of 6 sections:
2, Special Military Operations.
3, Airport and Facility Notices.
4, Major Sporting and Entertainment Events.
6, Special Notices.
Notices in Parts 3 and 4 of the NTAP are submitted to and processed through
ATC Products and Publications, not NFDC. Cutoff dates and requirements for
notices in Parts 3 and 4 are in the NTAP.
2-1-5. FORWARDING DATA
notice is received of a temporary condition which is expected to be
corrected before information can be published, issue a NOTAM if it meets
or aeronautical information concerning an extended (more than 30 days)
shutdown or closure affecting components of the NAS must be forwarded in
advance of the occurrence to the NFDC. NFDC must publish data received in
accordance with existing policies, criteria, and publication cutoff
deadlines. The schedule of publication cutoff dates is contained in the AFD.
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.
received by NFDC for publication that meets publication criteria and will be
current on the effective date of the next available AFD publication or
aeronautical chart will be published.
2-1-6. CHART/PUBLICATION ERRORS OR OMISSIONS
must 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 ATC Products and Publications.
must review all current NOTAMs issued by their facility on a quarterly basis
c. If NOTAMs are published or more than 90 days
old, the accountable organization must be contacted for possible
All data forwarded to the NFDC via
telecommunications for publication must be forwarded to the Washington
Headquarters Telecommunications Center (RWA), attention Aeronautical
121543 KDCAYFYX DCA001
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
COMISSIONED. ATCT HOURS 0900-1900. SIMEONE MANAGER FSS.
All correspondence to be mailed to the
NFDC for publication must be addressed to:
Federal Aviation Administration
Mission Support Services
1575 I Street, NW.
Washington, D.C. 20005
The NFDC is divided into the following
sections listed below. Questions and data should be referred directly to the
and NAVAIDs Section
telephone: (202) 385-7474.
and Airspace Section,
telephone: (202) 385-7473.
telephone: (202) 385-7456.
Free: (866) 295-8236
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 must not be used as a basis to cancel NOTAMs.
Computer printouts listing all
navigational aids and public use civil landing areas by flight plan area may
be obtained from Aeronautical Information Management.