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house Bill H.R. 1775

Should the FAA Study Ways to Improve Flight Hazard Notices for Pilots?

Argument in favor

NOTAMs contain critical safety information that pilots should have before they take off. However, at present, they’re difficult to read and use, which negates their usefulness. Studying them will help the FAA make NOTAMs into a more useful tool for pilots.

jimK's Opinion
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10/28/2019
I see more potential good than bad in this legislation. Having the best information available, presented in a way that is quick to access, prioritized and easy to understand should be a useful tool for pilots- who would be much more likely to check NOTAMs if they were quick and easy. I would think this would be something that the FAA could and should be doing without legislation. I repeat, Congress really has to begin dealing with things are at a higher level in order to focus on the big issues facing us. If something falls inherently within the charter on an agency that requires little to no funding, ask the agency to do it and periodically monitor to see if they did. Then use the power of the budget to ‘correct’ agencies who ignore Congressional directives. Too much teeny-tiny legislative acts takes way too much attention from tackling big problems. I’m sure congress people like to have their name on these bills in order to get election year ‘creds’ - but it is both wasteful and distracting.
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larubia's Opinion
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10/27/2019
Pilots should have an app that syncs to their schedule, so that they can get the vital notices that specifically relate to their flight. The notices should be easy to read & be part of every pilots pre-flight procedure. With the technology we have today, this should not be difficult. I don’t understand what needs to be studied? Can’t the improvements just be made with input from pilots, mechanics, air controllers??
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10/27/2019
NOTAMs can always be improved, making it easier for pilots to recognize certain obstacles they may encounter while in flight. I recommend everyone votes Yea on this bill.
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Argument opposed

Pilots and people who fly often already aren’t in the habit of checking NOTAMs, so improving the NOTAM system is of little use. There’s no point in improving a system that isn’t routinely used by the people it’s aimed at.

Notmypresdent.com's Opinion
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10/27/2019
OUR government should find better ways be yo sure that no one like tRUMP ever gets elected again! He’s anti American but PRO tRUMP
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Robert 's Opinion
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10/28/2019
NOTAMS are useful if the pilot take time to read them. The FAA can review its use and make some administrative changes
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Linda's Opinion
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10/28/2019
Do pilots really read these before flights? I truly doubt it. Another waste of Congress’ time when there are more important issues to address. Return immigrant children to families and close costly detention centers permanently. Reduce interest rates to 1% over Prime to encourage better access to higher education. Pass the 2100 Social Security Act to save Social Security. Increase minimum wage to reduce poverty; salary should cover actual living expenses. $7.25 an hour will not.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1775?

This bill — the — would direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to complete a variety of administrative tasks related to notices to airmen (NOTAMs), which inform pilots of hazards they may encounter during their flight. To the end, it would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish the FAA Task Force on NOTAM (notice to airmen) Improvement. 

The NOTAM task force would: 

  • Review existing methods for presenting NOTAMs and flight operations information to pilots; 
  • Review regulations and policies relating to NOTAMs, including their content and presentation to pilots;
  • Evaluate and determine best practices to organize, prioritize, and present flight operations information in a manner that optimizes pilot review and retention of relevant information; and 
  • Provide recommendations to improve the presentation of NOTAM information.

Impact

Pilots; FAA; and NOTAMs.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1775

$0.00
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill wouldn’t have a significant cost.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Pete Stauber (R-MN) introduced this bill to improve aviation safety:

“Although NOTAMs contain critical safety information, they are often lengthy and difficult to understand. These inefficiencies have the potential to create life-threatening situations. Modern air travel is incredibly safe, but we must constantly be working to maintain and improve upon safety protocols, and that is the objective of the Notice to Airmen Improvement Act.”

Writing in Flying magazine, John King argued that it’s long past time for NOTAMs to be improved so they’re actually useful to pilots: 

“Considering the importance of their messages, notams should be the ultimate in accessibility, readability and ease of use. In the rest of our lives, the tools we all use on a daily basis — the internet, cellphones, tablets, digital maps — are improving continuously. The fact that notams have remained so substandard in this era reflects profound indifference and is a breach of faith and trust. The great strides being made by commercial flight planning programs are largely compensating for this abject failure, but it is the government’s responsibility to get this right in the first place. It’s time for the folks who run the program to demonstrate they have the interest of pilots at heart.”

After Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) landed on a closed runway, he observed that while “technically” pilots should “probably” check notams, it would be impractical for him to do so on the many flights he makes to small airports in Oklahoma each year. He told the Tulsa World, “People who fly a lot just don’t do it.” After his experience. Sen. Inhofe championed the 2012 Pilot’s Bill of Rights, which created the “notam improvement panel,” which, among other things, created an online search tool to help pilots find notams. However, the tool is difficult to use, and the FAA doesn’t allow pilots to use it until they’ve agreed not to make it their only briefing.

This legislation passed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure by a voice vote with the support of two bipartisan cosponsors, including one from each party.


Of NoteThe NOTAM system alerts pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight. In a Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation hearing, Rep. Stauber highlighted some of the NOTAM system’s current inadequacies and spoke about how the Notice to Airmen Improvement Act could rectify those issues.


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / ansonmiao)

AKA

Notice to Airmen Improvement Act of 2019

Official Title

To establish a task force on NOTAM improvements, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Aviation
    IntroducedMarch 14th, 2019
    I see more potential good than bad in this legislation. Having the best information available, presented in a way that is quick to access, prioritized and easy to understand should be a useful tool for pilots- who would be much more likely to check NOTAMs if they were quick and easy. I would think this would be something that the FAA could and should be doing without legislation. I repeat, Congress really has to begin dealing with things are at a higher level in order to focus on the big issues facing us. If something falls inherently within the charter on an agency that requires little to no funding, ask the agency to do it and periodically monitor to see if they did. Then use the power of the budget to ‘correct’ agencies who ignore Congressional directives. Too much teeny-tiny legislative acts takes way too much attention from tackling big problems. I’m sure congress people like to have their name on these bills in order to get election year ‘creds’ - but it is both wasteful and distracting.
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    Pilots should have an app that syncs to their schedule, so that they can get the vital notices that specifically relate to their flight. The notices should be easy to read & be part of every pilots pre-flight procedure. With the technology we have today, this should not be difficult. I don’t understand what needs to be studied? Can’t the improvements just be made with input from pilots, mechanics, air controllers??
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    NOTAMs can always be improved, making it easier for pilots to recognize certain obstacles they may encounter while in flight. I recommend everyone votes Yea on this bill.
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    This is a very important issue that needs some study. Improving infrastructure includes the airways that have thousands of people on at any given hour. Pilots need new technologies and techniques to become better stewards of the sky.
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    Yes, it sounds like the entire Notices to Airmen process should be improved and this would be one area of improvement.
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    I believe Boeing’s actions and crashes have made the need for this clear. The FAA is supposed to police the corporations.
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    Always room for improvement
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    Nearly everyone is commenting suggesting that it is the burden of the *airline* to provide a better NOTAM parsing system. They seem to have an assumption that only airline pilots use the NOTAM system. All pilots use the NOTAM system. Even private pilots who fly as a passion or for work related travel.
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    There is no such thing as, “enough,” when it comes to our safety when traveling via airports.
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    No to little cost to taxpayers?! That’s a novel idea!!!
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    NOTAMs should be useful and not ignored. Researching a solution first is definitely the right move.
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    Makes sense. On the surface.
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    This is supposed to be the safest way to travel. Let’s work to improve here and anywhere else high standards are lacking.
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    Yes, they should stay on top of that.
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    If possible of course
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    These days I am always pleased to support anything which will make things better.
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    Yes, yes, yes
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    Not a government function!
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    Absolutely
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    Why is this even a question?
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