What does ficon mean in a NOTAM?

Field condition
Specifically: “Field condition” (FICON) NOTAMs are used to report surface contaminants on runways, taxiways, and aprons/ramps.” JO 7930.93, October 20, 2011. The FICON abbreviation is placed immediately following the airport surface to which it applies, i.e a runway, ramp or taxiway.

What is a ficon report?

FIELD CONDITIONS (FICON) REPORTING. Report surface conditions on runways, taxiways, and aprons using the FICON NOTAMs. The keyword AD must not be used with descriptor FICON, except for heliport.

Under what conditions would an airport disseminate a NOTAM?

NOTAM (L) information is distributed locally by the FSS only to the area affected by the aid, service, or hazard being advertised. Distribution will normally be made to all air traffic facilities that provide service to the affected airport; control tower, approach control, and air route traffic control center.

How do you check NOTAMs?

Luckily checking NOTAMs is easy thanks to the internet and Foreflight. The most obvious place to check NOTAMS is to call 1-800-WX-BRIEF and get a full weather brief….

  1. The FAA’s main NOTAM site.
  2. The FAA’s other NOTAM site.
  3. Foreflight.
  4. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs): Skyvector and Foreflight.

How do you read a runway condition NOTAMs?

Each third of the identified runway will have a unique condition code assigned to it in the NOTAM. For example, you might see “RWY 22 FICON 5/5/3”, which means the first and second thirds of the runway have a RwyCC value of 5 (good braking reported), and the final third has a value of 3 (medium braking).

What is runway condition code?

It comprises the evaluation of a runway and the assignment of a Runway Condition Code (RWYCC) ranging from 0 for a very slippery surface to 6 for a dry surface. This code is complemented by a description of the surface contaminant, based upon its type, depth and coverage, for each third of the runway.

What is braking action advisories?

BRAKING ACTION ADVISORIES− When tower controllers receive runway braking action reports which include the terms “medium,” “poor,” or “nil,” or whenever weather conditions are conducive to deteriorating or rapidly changing runway braking conditions, the tower will include on the ATIS broadcast the statement, “Braking …

Are NOTAMs in Zulu or local?

All NOTAM times should be in “Zulu” (UTC) format, but local times are used in some cases. When local times are displayed in a NOTAM, they will always be indicated.

Who is responsible for originating a notam concerning a navigational aid?


Term Airmen’s information can be disseminated via Aeronautical Charts and _______. Definition flight information publications
Term Who is responsible for originating a NOTAM concerning a navigational aid? Definition Facility responsible for monitoring or controlling the navigational aid

What are the 3 different types of NOTAMs?

Types of NOTAMs Include

  • Class I NOTAMs.
  • Class II NOTAMs.
  • International NOTAMs.
  • Domestic NOTAMs.
  • Civil NOTAMs.
  • Military NOTAMs.
  • Published NOTAMs.

How do I view old NOTAMs?

Use this link (https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/nsapp.html#/). Press the Location button on the left and select “Archive Search.” Then select a Date and Location designator to search for the NOTAMs (including TFRs) in effect on that date in that area.

What does Rcam mean?


When to use a FICON NOTAM on a runway?

A FICON NOTAM must not be originated for the sole purpose of reporting all thirds of a runway are dry. A dry surface must be reported only when there is need to report conditions on the remainder of the surface. When describing a dry surface, it is considered the full length and width of the runway third.

Why did the FAA change the NOTAM format?

Since Oct. 1, the new notam format has been based on a coded runway condition assessment matrix that reports runway conditions for each third of the runway—a method the FAA believes gives pilots better visualization of conditions on a runway to be used for landing.

When did the FAA introduce the new FICON format?

As of Oct. 1, the FAA’s Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment Group (TALPA) introduced a new FICON notam format which provides greater detail when reporting runway conditions. Photo by Mike Fizer Airports in the Northeast braced for high winds and heavy precip.

What does code 5 mean on a FICON report?

The Manchester notam above reports “FICON 5/5/5,” which you would interpret by applying the runway condition described by code 5 to all three thirds of the landing surface. If a runway had, say, compacted snow on the first third, and compacted snow covered by dry or wet snow on the other two thirds, the report would be given as 4/3/3.