Section 2. Lighting Aid and Obstruction NOTAMs
NOTAMs concerning conditions of lighting aids you are responsible for
controlling or monitoring.
outages or irregular operations of all lighting aids within your flight plan
area. Conditions requiring a NOTAM should be coordinated with the
appropriate air traffic facilities.
c. Obstructions including
those with light outages shall be prefaced with OBST as a keyword following
the Location Identifier. Obstructions include towers, cranes, stacks, etc.
Height is identified as MSL (when known) and AGL. LGTS OTS refers to a top
light or flashing obstruction light regardless of its position. Obstruction
lights on terrain (hills) are identified as MSL only.
operators are required to report the improper functioning of any obstruction
light or lights by telephone to the nearest flight service station or office
of the FAA. Reporting the operating status of other types of obstruction
lights is the responsibility of the operator.
47 CFR Section 17.48.
following information is required when reports are received concerning an
obstruction light outage:
1. Height of
the obstruction in MSL (if known) and AGL.
!SBY SBY OBST TOWER UKN (235 AGL) 3 NW UNLGTD (ASR 1235179) TIL 0909302300
!MIV N52 OBST TOWER 580 (195 AGL) 1.44 SW
UNLGTD (ASR UNKN) TIL 010302300
When MSL is unknown, so indicate in the text of the NOTAM, as noted in the
2. Location in
nautical miles and 16 points of the compass from the nearest airport.
3. Name, title
(if appropriate), and telephone number of the person making the report.
possible, name, title (if appropriate), and telephone number of person
responsible for the obstruction lights if other than paragraph
time. See paragraph 5-2-2d.
structure registration number (ASR) see paragraph
obstructions without lights, the obstruction will be identified as in
5-2-2. NOTAM (D) LIGHTING
a. The flight
service specialist is responsible for formatting the information correctly.
The examples used in this order are representative of the format discussed
in this paragraph.
b. For guidance
on NOTAM D composition, see Paragraph 4-2-1, NOTAM Composition.
NOTAMs on lighting aids for public-use civil landing areas listed in the AFD.
information about commissioning, decommissioning, or outages of these
lighting systems as follows:
light systems (ALS).
commissioning approach light systems, indicate the exact type of system;
e.g., MALSR, etc.
!ANB EUF RWY 36 MALSR CMSN WEF 0905112300
commissioned and published, approach light systems need only be shown as
!ANB EUF RWY 36 ALS DCMSN
!ANB EUF RWY 18 ALS OTS
!CLE CLE RWY 6L ALS OTS EXC SSALR
flashing lights (SFL/RAIL).
!ANB EUF RWY 18 SFL OTS
!ANB EUF RWY 18 RAIL OTS
3. Visual Approach Lighting systems.
Approach Slope Indicator (VASI).
!SBY SBY RWY 5 VASI OTS
!RIC RIC RWY 22 VASI LEFT SIDE OTS
Partial operation may occur with VASI-12 and VASI-16 systems where the light
units are located on both sides of the runway.
Approach Path Indicator (PAPI).
IAD IAD RWY 1L PAPI OTS
(c) Runway End
Identifier Lights (REIL).
!DCA DCA RWY 18 REIL OTS
lights (THR LGTS).
SAV SAV RWY 27 THR LGTS OTS
4. Runway edge
lights (RWY LGTS)
commissioning runway edge light systems, indicate the exact type of system;
for example, LIRL, MIRL, HIRL, etc.
!DRI OR9 RWY 13/31 MIRL CMSN
commissioned and published, runway edge lights must only be shown as RWY LGTS.
!BNA BNA RWY 13/31 RWY LGTS OTS
lights obscured due to snow and ice.
!BTV BTV RWY 1/19 LGTS OBSC WEF 0910131300-0910141300
1. All runway 1/19 lights are completely obscured. The reason
for the obscuration should not be reported.
that are partially obscured should not be reported.
centerline light system (RCLL).
!ATL ATL RWY 8R/26L RCLL OTS
zone lights (TDZ LGT).
!ATL ATL RWY 8R TDZ LGT OTS
light system (RLLS).
!DCA DCA RWY 18 RLLS OTS
lighting total power failure.
!SPA SPA AD LGT OTS
lighting (PCL) frequency when it controls approach lights or runway lights.
!SBY SBY SVC PCL OTS
!ANB EUF RWY 18/36 RWY LGTS PCL OTS
!JLN JLN RWY 18/36 PCL OTS EXC LOW INTST
!JLN JLN RWY 18/36 PCL OTS MED INTST CONT
!BFD 8G5 RWY LGTS PCL CMSND KEY 122.7 7 TIMES HIGH/5 TIMES MED/3 TIMES LOW
INTST 0200-1100 DLY
!SBY SBY SVC PCL NOW 122.8
PCL frequency need not be an ATC frequency.
Any lighted signs will
be associated with appropriate runway, taxiway, ramp, or apron.
!SEA SEA TWY C STOP BAR LGT AT RWY 16R AND EAST SIDE RWY 16L OTS
!IAD IAD TWY U7 HOLD SHORT SIGN AT RWY 1L LGT OTS
(a) Taxiway and
taxiway centerline lights.
!SHD SHD TWY K TWY LGTS OTS
!ROA ROA TWY E CNTRLN LGTS BTN TWY E1 AND RWY 15/33 OTS
Lights (TURNOFF LGTS)
!IAD IAD RWY 1C TWY Y4 TURNOFF LGTS OTS
rotating beacons (ABN).
!SPA SPA AD ABN OTS
13. Obstruction light
outages that meet one or more of the following criteria must include a
obstruction light outages within a 5-statute mile (4.3 nautical miles)
radius of an airport, or obstruction light outages outside a 5-statute mile
radius that exceed 200 feet above ground level (AGL).
!MIV N52 OBST TOWER 580 (195 AGL) 1.44 SW LGTS OTS (ASR NUMBER) TIL
!GSP GSP OBST TOWER 1528 (564 AGL) 12 E LGTS OTS (ASR NUMBER) TIL 0910291930
(b) Location is
within 500 feet either side of the centerline of a charted helicopter route.
Use a fix-radial-distance as the reference point with the affected location
being the nearest public-use airport in your flight plan area.
!PWK PWK OBST TOWER 1049 (330 AGL)
OBK014007 LGTS OTS (ASR NUMBER) TIL
14 CFR Section 77.23.
Types of obstructions are towers, cranes, stacks, etc. Height is identified
as MSL (when known) and AGL. LGTS OTS refers to a top light or flashing
obstruction light regardless of its position. Obstruction lights on terrain
(hills) are identified as MSL only.
(c) When a
notice of light outage is received without a return-to-service time, inform
the sponsor that you will be adding 15 days to the current time for the
return-to-service time, at which time the NOTAM will be auto canceled.
Advise the sponsor that any return-to-service time earlier than the 15 days
shall be called in immediately.
(d) When an
obstruction light outage NOTAM is auto canceled after 15 days, the canceled
NOTAM, including the tower number/ASR number (antenna structure registration
number), will be forwarded to the appropriate FCC field office. The ASR
number must be obtained from the sponsor when the outage is called in, and
put in the text of the NOTAM.
!MIV 06/001 2N6 OBST TOWER 314 (231 AGL) 4.3 NNW LGTS OTS (ASR 1055889) TIL
Appendix 5 lists FCC Field Office FAX numbers.
BALLOONS AND KITES/OBSTRUCTIONS
Upon receipt of a
waiver to 14 CFR Part 101, but not more than 3 days prior to the event,
issue a NOTAM containing the following information:
the activity will begin.
b. Size of the
affected area in a nautical mile radius.
c. Location of
the center of the affected area in relation to the nearest VOR/DME or VORTAC
when it is 25 nautical miles or less from the center of the activity.
1. Also include
reference to the nearest public-use airport when the center of the activity
is 25 nautical miles or less from the nearest public-use airport.
2. The nearest
public-use airport when the center of the activity is more than 25 nautical
miles from the nearest VOR/DME or VORTAC.
!SJT SJT OBST MOORED BALLOON 1 NMR SJT095018 510/BLW WEF
!SJT SJT OBST MOORED BALLOON 30 NE 1 NMR 610/BLW TIL 0710271700
!ABQ ABQ OBST KITE 1 NMR ABQ020002 505/BLW WEF 0710011900-0710012100