How to file a Notice to Airmen
Procedure for Filing Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) from USHPA
Every Pilot, Tech and Observer are responsible for checking to make sure that there are no restrictions on the airspace to be utilized. This includes making sure that the airspace is not in wilderness, restricted, military operations, Class A-C airspace etc. This also includes checking for NOTAMS and TFR’s. In many cases it is prudent to have an aircraft band radio and announce on the local frequency periodically. Finally, the most prudent course of action is to file a NOTAM for the activity, area and time period. The following formula can be used to successfully file a NOTAM.
1. Retrieve a sectional chart or visit SkyVector
2. Figure out the vector from the center of the location you want to designate off of a VOR – the nearest one.
3. Use Google Earth and use the ruler to figure out the exact distance from the VOR.
4. Decide the mile radius of the area, the altitude, plus the Zulu time and date when it should be applicable.
5. Call 1-(877)-487-6867
a. Choose the option for NOTAM
b. Choose your state
c. Talk to the Lockheed Martin briefer; it is their job to help you to successfully file a NOTAM regardless of your level of familiarity with the process.
6. Note that when asked about the nature of the activity, the most common category used is: parasail activity. You can speak with the briefer about this subject.
7. Always ask for the briefers initials before finishing the phone call and log them for reference if a question arises about the filing. You will be asked to provide a phone number. Make sure you are available to answer that phone in case Flight Service has a question.
Please note that you can go online to file a NOTAM.