NOTAM is a notice distributed by means of telecommunication containing information concerning the establishment, condition or change in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard, the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations.
Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) is published in a timely manner. NOTAM provides aeronautical information that is of importance to safe air navigation. However, information in NOTAM is of temporary relevance and NOTAM cannot provide information for extensive text and/or graphics.
NOTAM contains information concerning the establishment, condition or chance in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard, the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations (AIP GEN 2.2).
NOTAMs provide information that is of direct operational significance and which may immediately affect aircraft operations (AIP GEN 3.1).
NOTAMs is one of three pre-flight information service.
(another two are meteorological, and flight notification service)
NOTAMs are issued via the aeronautical telecommunication network (AFTN):
- “A” series for international distribution
- “C” series for local distribution
- NOTAM N -New
- NOTAM R -Replacement
- NOTAM C –Cancel
A0124/19 NOTAMR A0123/19
A0125/19 NOTAMC A0124/19
In Australia, (3) three types of NOTAMs:
- Location NOTAMs
- FIR NOTAMs
- Head Office NOTAMs
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Using NOTAM as pre-flight information
See AIP SUP and NOTAM Daylight Saving – A notice to airmen (NOTAM) or aeronautical information publication (AIP) supplements will be issued detailing revised hours of operation for those aeronautical facilities affected by local time changes during periods of State Summer Time and which do not have such hours publicised in AIP.
- Prohibited, restricted and danger (PRD) areas
– published in AIP (ERSA and DAH) and NOTAM
- Operation on and in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes
NOTAMs for operating times – Non-controlled aerodromes may provide Class C or D ATS services during operating time.
- Alternate due to facilities
check NOTAMs so you meet operational requirements – particular useful in night VFR (NVFR).
Alternate requirements relate to airport lighting and navaids. Where these facilities are subject to operational changes (for example, due to maintenance, malfunction, upgrade or decommissioning).