Whether you are a seasoned pilot or new to the aviation community, NOTAMs exist to help you access safety-critical information that identifies where you can fly, any issues with departure/arrival airports, and other crucial aviation information.
Key Milestones of the NOTAM Modernization Effort
Federal NOTAM System (FNS):
- The FAA sunset Pilot Web on February 14, 2020. Pilots can access NOTAMs through NOTAM search.
- In June 2020, all other feeds to NOTAM manager will be turned off creating a single technology gateway for entering, processing, and retrieving all NOTAM data.
- January 2021, domestic NOTAMS will be in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) format. They'll also be sortable by "Q" codes, improving filterability in NOTAM Search.
- In 2022, update of NOTAM Order 7930.2S to align it with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements will be complete. All NOTAMs in the system will be published in ICAO format, including regulatory/Flight Data Center (FDC) NOTAMs. We will have a single NOTAM repository, with searching/sorting/archiving/filtering capabilities, and with single machine-readable and human-readable formats.
- Beginning March 2020, we will remove duplicative information found in the Chart Supplements. Please refer to active charting notices for specific entries being changed or removed.
- Transition airport managers to NOTAM manager so they can file and cancel NOTAMS through the FNS system.
Cancelation of PERMANENT NOTAMS
- Cancel PERM NOTAMS to reduce the amount of redundant NOTAMS in the system.
- Engage airport managers and provide training materials on when to issue a PERM NOTAM and when to cancel one.
Single Governing Office
- On November 2019, the agency established a single FAA-governing office for NOTAMS and aeronautical information.
- On June 2020, all NOTAMS will be consolidated into a single authoritative source.
In response to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and the Pilot's Bill of Rights, the FAA is working to modernize the NOTAM system.
It is a phased approach designed to:
- Create a single technology gateway to enter, process, and retrieve all NOTAM data making it easier for pilots, and other users of the airspace, to access safety critical information.
- Improve the presentation of NOTAM information; prioritize or highlight the most important safety information; and optimize data, technology, and processes to help pilots find and retain the most relevant information.
- Ensure U.S. NOTAMS are compliant with standards set by ICAO.
- Align the NOTAM and aeronautical information systems under a single governing office with the authority to standardize and ensure compliance with FAA Orders and ICAO requirements.