I was asking ChatGPT a few questions about NOTAMs, and decided to ask it what pilots use MATONs (NOTAM backwards) for. It "knew" from context that it had something to do with NOTAMs. It said this:
MATON (Military Aeronautical Telecommunications) is a system used by military pilots to access NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen) information. NOTAMs are issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide important information about changes or potential hazards in the airspace, such as closed runways, temporary flight restrictions, and communication outages. Military pilots use MATONs to access NOTAMs information relevant to military operations, such as information about temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) or other airspace restrictions that are established for military exercises or training.
MATONs are used by the military to access NOTAMs information in a secure and encrypted format, in order to protect sensitive information about military operations. The NOTAMs information provided through MATONs is used by military pilots to plan their flights and navigate the airspace safely.
It's worth noting that while the FAA is responsible for issuing NOTAMs, the military also has its own NOTAM system, the MIL NOTAM, which is used to disseminate information relevant to military operations to military pilots and air traffic controllers.
Google couldn't find any military aeronautical telecommunications systems called MATON. Also, it would be an unusual acronym for Military Aeronautical TelecommunicatiONs; "MATEL" would make more sense. Did ChatGPT just make up an answer to my question? (It certainly isn't unheard of for ChatGPT to fabricate information, but this would be a particularly egregious case; it appears to have invented an entire military communications system based on only some context from a discussion of civil aviation and an acronym.)
I then asked it "Does MATON really exist?" and it said this:
I apologize, upon further research, it appears that MATON (Military Aeronautical Telecommunications) is not a system used by military pilots to access NOTAMs. My previous response was based on my knowledge cut-off and I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
The FAA is responsible for issuing NOTAMs, which provide important information about changes or potential hazards in the airspace, such as closed runways, temporary flight restrictions, and communication outages. Pilots and air traffic controllers use NOTAMs to plan flights and navigate the airspace safely.
Military pilots also use NOTAMs to plan their flights, however, military operations may have specific and unique requirements that are not addressed by the civilian NOTAM system. To meet these requirements, the military may use a different system, such as the MIL NOTAM, which is used to disseminate information relevant to military operations to military pilots and air traffic controllers.
Again, I apologize for any confusion and any inaccuracies in my previous response.
Clearly one of its responses is wrong.