June 17, 2013
Here’s an edited question asked by an AOPA member who contacted AOPA’s aviation services staff through the Pilot Information Center. Test your knowledge.
Question: Is there a visual aid to assist me in understanding notams that change the configuration of an airport during construction?
Answer: Yes. The FAA has recognized the benefit of a visual aid in assisting pilots in understanding how airport construction alters the configuration of an airport. Since airport diagrams might not be updated during an airport construction project, the published airport diagram may not match the current airport configuration. Pilots are typically alerted to changes in airport construction through a textual notam. Graphic construction notices have been developed to supplement published notam information. Construction notices, which overlay red “x” marks over affected areas of the airport surface, are available online.
FAA Information and Services,
The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.
Especially in northern regions, ‘tis the season when ficons—a notam contraction that translates to" field conditions"—should become a routine preflight item to check.
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