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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Rockwell Collins Targets Slashing NOTAM Number with New Tool

Juliet Van Wagenen

The SmartNOTAM tool
The SmartNOTAM tool. Photo: Rockwell Collins

[Avionics Magazine 11-03-2016] Rockwell Collins is teaming with Skyguide, the air navigation services provider for Switzerland, to integrate SmartNOTAM into the company’s ARINCDirect flight planning services, in a move designed to enhance flight safety and operational efficiency for business aviation pilots. A NOTAM, or Notice to Airmen, contains essential briefing information for pilots.

“Pilots today receive hundreds of NOTAMS that are not relevant to their flight and are tasked with reviewing them all to select those that are operationally relevant, which can take a significant amount of time,” said Alex Bristol, chief operating officer at Skyguide. “With SmartNOTAM, Skyguide has created a capability that can sort, filter and categorize NOTAMS, allowing a pilot to see only those that impact his or her flight.”

The ARINCDirect flight planning application currently provides time, altitude and flight path information. By integrating SmartNOTAM with the flight planning service, ARINCDirect customers will have one tool to reduce the number of NOTAMS they must review prior to departure, improving safety and efficiency.

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