NOTAM Visualization – Proof of Concept
KORD RWY 04R/22L Visual NOTAM Display with Bing Satellite Overlay
It is no secret within the aviation community that NOTAMS, even as provided in “plain” text, is time-consuming and difficult to read. Through extensive R&D efforts, we moved beyond this limitation and proven translating text into an image is possible.
AeroNavData completed a Proof-of-Concept that showed that the use of Airport base map data can enable Application developers to customize an effective solution. By transforming coded FAA’s NOTAM text stream into a graphic displayed on a map, the visualization of the NOTAMs rather than reading through a textual NOTAM list, pilots increase their situational awareness, improve the safety of flight, and strengthen flight preparation.
An application developer can transform textual NOTAMs into a easy to understand, intuitive graphic image.
Capitalizing on Airport base data captured by our Airport Mapping team at AeroNavData we were able to prove that an application can be used in the creation a display of the following (D) NOTAM and FDC NOTAM feature information:
- Airport Features including runways, taxiways, and aprons.
- Standard Instrument Departure Procedures (SIDs).
- Standard Terminal Arrival Procedures (STARs).
- En Route Airway Information.
By graphically displaying NOTAMs that affect a specific enroute procedure, a pilot will be able to digest information instantly and identify changes affecting their en route flight path. This will modernize flight planning for the pilot, controller, and dispatcher highlighting critical information directly related to the safety of flight.
The advantages go beyond situational awareness and safety for the pilot alone. There are many sectors within the aerospace industry that could benefit from a customized Graphic NOTAM Visualization. These sectors include dispatchers, airline operations, aircraft controllers, and airport planners. Essentially, anyone who currently accesses published NOTAMs can take advantage of this revolutionary technology.