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NOTAMs (Notices To Airmen (ICAO) or Notices to Air Missions (FAA)) are important notices to let pilots know of changed conditions or restrictions that are likely to affect the ability of pilots to conduct normal operations.

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What are some examples of warning areas and restricted areas?

Can you please give me some examples of warning and restricted areas? How can an aircraft enter these areas? What are the procedures you have to follow before entering them?
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How are pilots alerted to the publication of a NOTAM affecting their flight while in-flight?

With the length of flights in this day and age, it is possible for an activity to be published in a NOTAM, that NOTAM to be disseminated via the NOTAM system, and the activity to start taking place ...
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Apart from Kenya, what are the current dangerous / unsafe airspaces?

Notams are regularly released to warn about unsafe areas, e.g. Kenya: A0040/15 - SECURITY .. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY TO U.S. OPERATORS CONCERNING POSSIBLE ATTACKS WITH MAN - ...
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Under what conditions would a helicopter be allowed to fly at low altitude over populated areas?

Yesterday, the Department of Energy was flying a military helicopter at low altitudes over Boston and the surrounding area as part of an experiment of some type to measure radiation. I saw one of ...
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How do I submit a NOTAM?

I (a hypothetical person) am involved in an activity like laser light shows, model rocket launches, fireworks displays, or construction which I think might be important to pilots. How can I submit ...
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How does aviation deal with satellite and Moon laser ranging, and other scientific lasers in the sky?

It seems there are many scientific laser ranging stations around the globe and some are mobile. Scientists Bounce Laser Off Soviet Lunar Rover Lost On Moon Decades Ago. Source Questions How ...
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What is the difference between Distant (D) NOTAMs, Local (L) NOTAMs and FDC NOTAMs in the US?

I would like to know the difference between Distant (D) NOTAMs, Local (L) NOTAMs and FDC NOTAMs in the US. Is their meaning obsolete or still in use by the FAA?
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What is the difference between the FAA FNS NOTAM and the FAA PilotWeb NOTAM websites?

I figured out there are currently 2 different FAA websites for NOTAM online search: FAA FNS NOTAM website available at https://notams.aim.faa.gov/ FAA PilotWeb NOTAM website available at https://...
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Why does this NOTAM make me think GPS is unavailable?

First: I'm not a real pilot. I used an on-line flight planning tool, and in the brief was the following "GPS NOTAM": ...
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What does it mean when a runway's safety area is not standard?

If an airport has a NOTAM that states that a runway safety area is not standard, what does that mean? Here's an example. ...
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Why would a NOTAM outage cause a nationwide ground stop?

From the FAA this morning The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now. Operations across the National ...
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Why do NOTAMs consist of code instead of plain language?

I'm currently getting thru a PPL course book and I don't understand this. Is there any purpose of sending NOTAMs in this format: "RWY 08R/26L DUE WIP NO CENTRELINE, TDZ OR SALS LIGHTING AVBL" ...
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How can I get more details about information in a NOTAM?

In doing some planning for an upcoming flight, I noticed my destination (a towered airport) has a NOTAM about the runway: "FICON PATCHY ICE". That seems rather vague, I'd like more information before ...
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How to programmatically access AIP data, METAR, TAF, NOTAMs?

I'm looking at developing an app where one of the functions I would like to implement needs to use data which is normally available in AIP, like: Aerodrome names, ICAO codes, GPS location, elevation ...
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How does a pilot make sure they have received all applicable NOTAM's?

I've always wondered how a private pilot makes sure they have read all the NOTAM's that might affect their flight. There must be thousands of NOTAM's out there. This question talks about the many ...
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Is "MATON" real or did ChatGPT just make this up? [closed]

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 ...
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