FAA Issues Long-Awaited Draft Airport NOTAM Advisory Circular

As part of its ongoing efforts to introduce new runway field condition reporting requirements by October 1, 2016, the FAA issued the draft Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-28F, Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) for Airport Operators, this morning.

As the FAA notes in the preamble to the draft AC, the "F" version of the AC incorporates new information on NOTAM terminology and technology, extensive text and format changes, and new tables. Specific changes the FAA cites are as follows.

  1. Adds new diagrams to illustrate the formulation of a NOTAM sentence according to any given facility outage.
  2. Adds a new percentage coverage table for contaminant coverage.
  3. Incorporates language and procedures associated with Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA).
  4. Adds a new Appendix B, "Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM)", and some basic information on its use.
  5. Adds a new Appendix C, "Friction Measuring Equipment Abbreviations".
  6. Adds new Field Condition (FICON) NOTAM information on obtaining Runway Condition Codes (RwyCC).
  7. Adds new information on downgrading and upgrading a RwyCC.
  8. Adds information on how to use the term Slippery When Wet and what RwyCCs are associated with its use.
  9. Adds multiple examples of NOTAM sentences and translations for various types of contaminants.
  10. Identifies the six new pilot reported braking actions: Good, Good to Medium, Medium, Medium to Poor, Poor, and Nil.
  11. Removes the terms “thin” and “patchy” and replaced them with “measurable depth” and “percentage coverage”.

The FAA has asked industry stakeholders to provide comments regarding the draft AC and has set a deadline of September 22, 2016, for their submittal.

ACI-NA is reviewing the draft AC and will providing comments to the FAA. If you have comments that you would like us to include in this submittal, please e-mail them to Chris Oswald (coswald@aci-na.org) no later than September 16, 2016. ACI-NA members are also encouraged to provide comments directly to the FAA. The FAA has requested that these comments be submitted using the comment matrix available here.