Reminder: Transition to ICAO NOTAM format and new NOTAM Series – Oct. 10th, 2019.

Sep 21, 2019

On October 10, 2019 the domestic NOTAM format will transition to the ICAO NOTAM format.

The adoption of the ICAO NOTAM format will ensure compliance with international standards and will eliminate the need for pilots who fly international routes to be familiar with more than one NOTAM format. It will also pave the way for more advanced filtering functionality, reducing NOTAM clutter by helping pilots access the NOTAMs pertinent to their flight. A key difference between the ICAO NOTAM format and the previous approach is that NOTAMs will now be geographically-referenced, rather than based on NOTAM Files.

Geographically-tagged NOTAMs are now available on Collaborative Flight Planning Service (CFPS) – a platform for weather, NOTAM retrieval and flight planning.

CFPS now includes weather products such as METAR and TAF in addition to NOTAM in a new tab called “Weather”. CFPS has been designed to facilitate the recall of weather products so that METAR, TAF, and NOTAM can be recalled using one query. Accessing the “Weather” tab does not require CFPS account login credentials, however CFPS account login credentials are required to access additional features such as predefined NOTAM queries, and in order to file flight plans online. Effective October 10, 2019, NOTAMs will only be available on CFPS, and the functionality will be removed from the Aviation Weather Web Site (AWWS).

The following documents available on the Nav Canada website will provide important information relevant to you on how the ICAO NOTAM format will be implemented at NAV CANADA.

  • The Canadian NOTAM Operating Procedures (CNOP) contains information, guidance and standard operating procedures to be used by NAV CANADA personnel, external accountable sources and, originators of NOTAMs.
  • The Transition to ICAO NOTAM – External Transition Plan​ provides a high-level summary of the planned transition activities and timelines prior to, during, and immediately after the transition date.
  • The Briefing for NOTAM Originators provides guidance on how to accurately determine the affected area for a NOTAM.

For more information, please visit the ICAO NOTAM page on the Nav Canada website.

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