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Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) Modernization Updates

Whether you are a seasoned pilot or new to the aviation community, Notices to Airmen, or NOTAMs, provide important information describing temporary changes to components of the National Airspace System (NAS). NOTAMs help the aviation community identify where to fly, any issues with departure/arrival airports, and other crucial aviation safety information.

Key Milestones of the NOTAM Modernization Effort

  1. Compliance with Section 512 of 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act: On September 20, 2019, the FAA facilitated a meeting between representatives from major sporting leagues and other organizations to identify and mitigate schedule conflicts between stadium events and airshows so that each type of event may have equitable access to the airspace above their events and the Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) needed to keep those events safe.
  2. November 2019: Established a single agency office for NOTAMs and aeronautical information
  3. November 2019: Held the inaugural Data Optimization Summit: Engaged the aviation community to identify how best to modernize the NOTAM system so that it meets user need.
  4. February 2020: The FAA sunset Pilot Web. Pilots can access NOTAMs through NOTAM search. This created a single access point for NOTAMs.
  5. June 2020 Retire the Notice to Airmen Publication (NTAP): Pilots can access information previously in the NTAP through the Domestic Notice and International Notices webpages.
  6. Removed permanent "PERM" NOTAMs from the system: To date, the agency has reviewed and removed over 600 permanent "PERM" NOTAMs from the system and made necessary updates to charts and maps.

What's Next?

  1. July 2020 Implement a single machine interface for NOTAMs: the System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) Cloud Distribution Services (SCDS) will replace Aeronautical Integrated Data Access Portal (AIDAP)
  2. July 30 2020, Aeronautical Information Optimization Summit: Delivering Data that Matters.
  3. Spring 2021, Implement ICAO Formatting for certain domestic NOTAMs (ICAO Phase 1): NOTAMs will have International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) translations provided, such as runway field condition (FICON) NOTAMs originated from smaller continental US airports. In addition, the quality of all current ICAO translations will be improved to conform to ICAO policy. This update facilitates the transition to pure ICAO NOTAMs in the NAS.
  4. 2022, Publish and Implement ICAO-Compliant NOTAM Policy Order 7930.2. This will align the agency with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements for NOTAMs. In compliance with the new NOTAM policy, the Federal NOTAM System (FNS) will be updated to publish all NOTAMs in ICAO format. Once implemented the agency will have a single NOTAM repository with searching, sorting, archiving, and filtering capabilities, and with single machine-readable and human-readable interfaces.

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.

The agency is working in coordination with the Aeronautical Information Services Reform Coalition: The International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Airline Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Airlines for America (A4A), JetBlue, Southwest, American, United, Delta Airlines, the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), and the Association of American Airport Executives (AAAE).


The basics:

Policy documents:

For Aeronautical Integrated Data Access Portal (AIDAP) Users:
In July 2020, the SWIM Cloud Distribution Services (SCDS) will replace AIDAP. All AIDAP users must begin the transition process to SWIM SCDS as soon as possible. Before you begin your transition:

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