NEW NOTAM SEARCH TOOL
The FAA has released a new NOTAM (Notice To Airmen) search capability. New functionalities are in place that will improve the NOTAM search process. By next fall all implications of all four phases will be complete.
“NBAA – through the efforts of members of the Access Committee – worked closely with the FAA and the rest of the aviation community in providing input that has led to significant enhancements to the NOTAM Search flight planning tool,” said Bob Lamond, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. “The result is a product that will benefit every flight operation in the U.S.”
Thanks to the Pilot’s Bill of Rights which was signed into law in 2012, a NOTAM Improvement Panel was established under the auspices of RTCA. The NOTAM task group provided many recommendations to be made by the FFA.
This new upgrade will include an upgraded Route of Flight Query, according to Bob Lamond. (The NBAA’s director of air traffic and infrastructure.)
“Pilots can now enter their route of flight, adjust the route width and retrieve NOTAMs relevant to their flight path,” he said. “NOTAM Search will provide all NOTAMs within the buffered flight path, as well as for divert airports.”
Filters including the ability to view only NOTAMs that are effective during a specified time, filters for keywords. As well as some lengthy NOTAMs related to regulatory notices and traffic control.
Upcoming improvements in NOTAM Search will enable aviators to create user profiles, which will allow pilots to save search preferences, save filter and sorting settings, designate preferred airports and more. New filter enhancements will include the ability to search by procedure type and runway characteristics, and the enhanced tool will enable pilots to utilize NOTAM Search on tablets and mobile devices.
What will this mean to pilots everywhere? This means that days of rooting around trying to find applicable Notices to Airmen while planning for flights, will be over.