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10/12/17

Flight Information Publication Policy

Flight Information Publication Policy

The following is in essence, the statement issued by

the FAA Administrator and published in the

December 10, 1964, issue of the Federal Register,

concerning the FAA policy as pertaining to the type

of information that will be published as NOTAMs

and in the Aeronautical Information Manual.

a. It is a pilot’s inherent responsibility to be alert

at all times for and in anticipation of all circum-

stances, situations, and conditions affecting the safe

operation of the aircraft. For example, a pilot should

expect to find air traffic at any time or place. At or

near both civil and military airports and in the vicin-

ity of known training areas, a pilot should expect

concentrated air traffic and realize concentrations

of air traffic are not limited to these places.

b. It is the general practice of the agency to adver-

tise by NOTAM or other flight information publica-

tions such information it may deem appropriate; in-

formation which the agency may from time to time

make available to pilots is solely for the purpose of

assisting them in executing their regulatory respon-

sibilities. Such information serves the aviation

community as a whole and not pilots individually.

c. The fact that the agency under one particular

situation or another may or may not furnish in-

formation does not serve as a precedent of the

agency’s responsibility to the aviation community;

neither does it give assurance that other information

of the same or similar nature will be advertised, nor,

does it guarantee that any and all information

known to the agency will be advertised.

d. This publication, while not regulatory, pro-

vides information which reflects examples of oper-

ating techniques and procedures which may be re-

quirements in other federal publications or

regulations. It is made available solely to assist pi-

lots in executing their responsibilities required by

other publications.
Consistent with the foregoing, it is the policy of the

Federal Aviation Administration to furnish in-

formation only when, in the opinion of the agency,

a unique situation should be advertised and not to

furnish routine information such as concentrations

of air traffic, either civil or military. The

Aeronautical Information Manual will not contain

informative items concerning everyday circum-

stances that pilots should, either by good practices

or regulation, expect to encounter or avoid.