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Author: Adrian Eichhorn Date: November 2005
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NOTAMS - Did I Check Local NOTAMs?
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When it comes to NOTAMs, you don't know what you don't know! Every prudent pilot obtains a full briefing from a Flight Service Station or by using a DUAT session to ensure they have all the information necessary to conduct a safe flight. An important part of that briefing will be NOTAMs.

But do you really know what you're getting ... or not getting? Often, the answer is "No!"

NOTAMs are classified into three categories:

  • NOTAM (D) or distant
  • NOTAM (L) or local; and
  • Flight Data Center (FDC) NOTAMs.

If your flight is to a distant airport, the NOTAMs you receive typically will include information on navigational facilities, frequency changes, and regulatory amendments. But it will not include information contained in local NOTAMs. For instance, local NOTAMs include such information as runway or taxiway closures and airport lighting outages. A total or partial outage of a Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) or Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) system also will be reported as a local NOTAM.

The only way to obtain a local NOTAM for your destination airport is to call the FSS responsible (see Airport/Facility Directory) or to call the airport manager.

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