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Pre-Flight Planning

Pre-flight briefing and notification

Notice to airmen

NOTAM

As part of the network operations centre’s service, the NOTAM Office is responsible for issuing NOTAMs that provide information that is of direct operational significance and which may immediately affect aircraft operations. Distributed electronically, a notice to airmen (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).

A pre-flight information service is provided from an office located in Canberra. This office provides a NOTAM, meteorological, and flight notification service. Some charges are applicable.

In Australia, description of the pre-flight information services available is contained in ERSA GEN as well as on page 2.80.

In Australia, three types of NOTAMs are available to pilots (AIP GEN 3.3):

  • Location NOTAMs, accessed by individual location identifier, for example YBWW for Brisbane West Wellcamp/li>
  • FIR NOTAMs, which consists of NOTAMs applicable to individual FIRs – Brisbane (YBBB) or Melbourne (YMMM) and
  • Head Office NOTAMs, accessed by the identifier YSHO and shown in the briefing results as Australia Gen (YBBB/YMMM).

A NOTAM is issued in a format with the following fields:

  • Location identification
  • Time of commencement of information or time of publication where prior notification is required. This date/time will then reflect the actual commencement time of the NOTAM information
  • Time of cessation of information
  • Times of periods of activity
  • Plain language text
  • Lower limit and
  • Upper limit.

In the domestic environment, NOTAM numbering is preceded by the letter C followed by the number and year, for example: C0689/14.

For each location, a separate series of numbers is issued; thus the NOTAM is identified by the location identifier and the number, not by the number alone.

In the international environment, Australia issues NOTAMs against a series of registers. These registers are by individual FIRs, multiple FIRs, or Australia General. The individual FIRs and multiple FIRs registers are further subdivided by NOTAM category.

The NOTAM category series is as follows:

Category
Brisbane FIR – ATS and PRD NOTAMs
D
Brisbane FIR – all other NOTAMs
N
Melbourne FIR – ATS and PRD NOTAMs
E
Melbourne FIR – all other NOTAMs
F
Australia General FIR
G

NOTAM examples

Head Office NOTAMs
AUSTRALIA GEN (YBBB/YMMM)C156/13 REVIEW C155/13DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME EFFECTIVE IN THE STATES OF NEW SOUTH WALES, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, TASMANIA, VICTORIA AND THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
FROM 10 051600 TO 04 051600C46/13D383 HR INFO ON AIS CHARTS AMD
VISUAL TERMINAL CHART (VTC) MELBOURNE, VISUAL NAVIGATION CHART (VNC)
MELBOURNE, TERMINAL AREA CHART (TAC) MELBOURNE AND ENROUTE CHART LOW
(ERCL) 1:
DANGER AREA D383 HR TO READ ‘ERSA’
FROM 03 280351 TO PERM
FIR NOTAMS BRISBANE FIR (YBBB)C1969/13 REVIEW C1633/13A/G FAC ACC/FIA BRISBANE CENTRE 135.5 (WHITSUNDAY ISLAND AREA) SUBJ
TO INTRP DUE INTERFERENCE
ALTN FREQ 133.2 OR AS ADZ BY ATC
FROM 12 170151 TO 03 170500 EST
LOCATION NOTAMS TOWNSVILLE (YBTL)C560/13 REVIEW C230/13TRIGGER NOTAM – AIP SUP H58/13
TOWNSVILLE RNP-AR PROPRIETARY PROCEDURES
AVBL FM AIRSERVICES WEBSITE
http://airservicesaustralia.com/aip/aip.asp
FROM 12 120412 TO 05 290300 EST

C45/14 REVIEW C108/13ABN DECOMMISSIONED
FROM 02 130516 TO PERM
C59/14INCREASED BIRD HAZARD (MAGPIE GEESE) IN VCY OF AD
FROM 02 240427 TO 03 280100 EST
DAILY 2000/2230 0630/0900
C57/14OM ‘ITL’ 75 (RWY 01) NOT AVBL DUE MAINT
EXCEPT ON 30 MIN NOTICE FOR OPR RQMNTS
FROM 02 280100 TO 02 280500

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