U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

ORDER
JO 7930.2M
Effective Date:
September 25, 2008
 
     
Subject:  Notices to Airmen

Includes Change 1 Effective February 11, 2010

Section 2. Lighting Aid and Obstruction NOTAMs

5-2-1. GENERAL

a. Originate NOTAMs concerning conditions of lighting aids you are responsible for controlling or monitoring.

b. Report outages or irregular operations of all lighting aids within your flight plan area. Conditions requiring a NOTAM should be coordinated with the appropriate air traffic facilities.

c. Obstructions including those with light outages shall be prefaced with OBST as a keyword following the Location Identifier. Obstructions include towers, cranes, stacks, etc. Height is identified as MSL (when known) and AGL. LGTS OTS refers to a top light or flashing obstruction light regardless of its position. Obstruction lights on terrain (hills) are identified as MSL only.

d. Commercial operators are required to report the improper functioning of any obstruction light or lights by telephone to the nearest flight service station or office of the FAA. Reporting the operating status of other types of obstruction lights is the responsibility of the operator.

REFERENCE-
47 CFR Section 17.48.

e. The following information is required when reports are received concerning an obstruction light outage:

1. Height of the obstruction in MSL (if known) and AGL.

EXAMPLES-
!SBY SBY OBST TOWER UKN (235 AGL) 3 NW UNLGTD (ASR 1235179) TIL 0909302300

!MIV N52 OBST TOWER 580 (195 AGL) 1.44 SW
UNLGTD (ASR UNKN) TIL 010302300

NOTE-
When MSL is unknown, so indicate in the text of the NOTAM, as noted in the example above.

2. Location in nautical miles and 16 points of the compass from the nearest airport.

3. Name, title (if appropriate), and telephone number of the person making the report.

4. When possible, name, title (if appropriate), and telephone number of person responsible for the obstruction lights if other than paragraph 5-2-1e3 above.

5. Return-to-service time. See paragraph 5-2-2d.

6. Antenna structure registration number (ASR) see paragraph 5-2-2d.

f. For obstructions without lights, the obstruction will be identified as in paragraph 5-2-1c above.

5-2-2. NOTAM (D) LIGHTING AIDS

a. The flight service specialist is responsible for formatting the information correctly.

NOTE-
The examples used in this order are representative of the format discussed in this paragraph.

b. For guidance on NOTAM D composition, see Paragraph 4-2-1, NOTAM Composition.

c. Disseminate NOTAMs on lighting aids for public-use civil landing areas listed in the AFD.

d. Disseminate information about commissioning, decommissioning, or outages of these lighting systems as follows:

1. Approach light systems (ALS).

(a) When commissioning approach light systems, indicate the exact type of system; e.g., MALSR, etc.

EXAMPLE-
!ANB EUF RWY 36 MALSR CMSN WEF 0905112300

(b) Once commissioned and published, approach light systems need only be shown as ALS.

EXAMPLES-
!ANB EUF RWY 36 ALS DCMSN

!ANB EUF RWY 18 ALS OTS

2. Sequence flashing lights (SFL/RAIL).

EXAMPLES-
!ANB EUF RWY 18 SFL OTS

!ANB EUF RWY 18 RAIL OTS

3. Visual Approach Lighting systems.

(a) Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI).

EXAMPLES-
!SBY SBY RWY 5 VASI OTS

!RIC RIC RWY 22 VASI LEFT SIDE OTS

NOTE-
Partial operation may occur with VASI-12 and VASI-16 systems where the light units are located on both sides of the runway.

(b) Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI).

EXAMPLE-
IAD IAD RWY 1L PAPI OTS

(c) Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL).

EXAMPLE-
!DCA DCA RWY 18 REIL OTS

(d) Threshold lights (THR LGTS).

EXAMPLE-
SAV SAV RWY 27 THR LGTS OTS

4. Runway edge lights (RWY LGTS)

(a) When commissioning runway edge light systems, indicate the exact type of system; e.g., LIRL, MIRL, HIRL, etc.

EXAMPLE-
!DRI OR9 RWY 13/31 MIRL CMSN

(b) Once commissioned and published, runway edge lights shall only be shown as RWY LGTS.

EXAMPLE-
!BNA BNA RWY 13/31 RWY LGTS OTS

(c) Runway lights obscured due to snow and ice.

EXAMPLE-
!BTV BTV RWY 1/19 LGTS OBSC WEF 0910131300-0910141300

NOTE-
1. All runway 1/19 lights are completely obscured. The reason for the obscuration should not be reported.

2. Lights that are partially obscured should not be reported.

5. Runway centerline light system (RCLL).

EXAMPLE-
!ATL ATL RWY 8R/26L RCLL OTS

6. Touchdown zone lights (TDZ LGT).

EXAMPLE-
!ATL ATL RWY 8R TDZ LGT OTS

7. Lead-in light system (RLLS).

EXAMPLE-
!DCA DCA RWY 18 RLLS OTS

8. Airport lighting total power failure.

EXAMPLE-
!SPA SPA AD LGT OTS

9. Pilot-controlled lighting (PCL) frequency when it controls approach lights or runway lights.

EXAMPLES-
!SBY SBY SVC PCL OTS

!ANB EUF RWY 18/36 RWY LGTS PCL OTS

!BFD 8G5 RWY LGTS PCL CMSND KEY 122.7 7 TIMES HIGH/5 TIMES MED/3 TIMES LOW INTST 0200-1100 DLY

!SBY SBY SVC PCL NOW 122.8

NOTE-
PCL frequency need not be an ATC frequency.

10. Lighted Signage

Any lighted signs will be associated with appropriate runway, taxiway, ramp, or apron.

EXAMPLES-
!SEA SEA TWY C STOP BAR LGTS AT RWY 16R/EAST
SIDE RWY 16L OTS

11. Taxiway lighting.

(a) Taxiway and taxiway centerline lights.

EXAMPLES-
!SHD SHD TWY K TWY LGTS OTS

!ROA ROA TWY E CNTRLN LGTS BTN TWY E1 AND RWY 15/33 OTS

(b) Turnoff Lights (TURNOFF LGTS)

EXAMPLE-
!IAD IAD RWY 1C TWY Y4 TURNOFF LGTS OTS

12. Airport rotating beacons (ABN).

EXAMPLE-
!SPA SPA AD ABN OTS

13. Obstruction light outages that meet one or more of the following criteria shall include a return-to-service time:

(a) All obstruction light outages within a 5-statute mile (4.3 nautical miles) radius of an airport, or obstruction light outages outside a 5-statute mile radius that exceed 200 feet above ground level (AGL).

EXAMPLES-
!MIV N52 OBST TOWER 580 (195 AGL) 1.44 SW LGTS OTS (ASR NUMBER) TIL 0911302300

!GSP GSP OBST TOWER 1528 (564 AGL) 12 E LGTS OTS (ASR NUMBER) TIL 0910291930

!GSP GSP OBST TOWER 1528 (564 AGL)12 E LGTS OTS (ASR NUMBER) TIL 0911291930

(b) Location is within 500 feet either side of the centerline of a charted helicopter route. Use a fix-radial-distance as the reference point with the affected location being the nearest public-use airport in your flight plan area.

EXAMPLE-
!PWK PWK OBST TOWER 1049 (330 AGL)
OBK014007 LGTS OTS (ASR NUMBER) TIL
0909301915

REFERENCE-
14 CFR Section 77.23.

NOTE-
Types of obstructions are towers, cranes, stacks, etc. Height is identified as MSL (when known) and AGL. LGTS OTS refers to a top light or flashing obstruction light regardless of its position. Obstruction lights on terrain (hills) are identified as MSL only.

(c) When a notice of light outage is received without a return-to-service time, inform the sponsor that you will be adding 15 days to the current time for the return-to-service time, at which time the NOTAM will be auto canceled. Advise the sponsor that any return-to-service time earlier than the 15 days shall be called in immediately.

(d) When an obstruction light outage NOTAM is auto canceled after 15 days, the canceled NOTAM, including the tower number/ASR number (antenna structure registration number), will be forwarded to the appropriate FCC field office. The ASR number must be obtained from the sponsor when the outage is called in, and put in the text of the NOTAM.

EXAMPLE-
!MIV 06/001 2N6 OBST TOWER 314 (231 AGL) 4.3 NNW LGTS OTS (ASR 1055889) TIL 0712302300

NOTE-
Appendix 5 lists FCC Field Office FAX numbers.

5-2-3. MOORED BALLOONS AND KITES/OBSTRUCTIONS

Upon receipt of a waiver to 14 CFR Part 101, but not more than 3 days prior to the event, issue a NOTAM containing the following information:

a. Date/time the activity will begin.

b. Size of the affected area in a nautical mile radius.

c. Location of the center of the affected area in relation to the nearest VOR/DME or VORTAC when it is 25 nautical miles or less from the center of the activity.

1. Also include reference to the nearest public-use airport when the center of the activity is 25 nautical miles or less from the nearest public-use airport.

2. The nearest public-use airport when the center of the activity is more than 25 nautical miles from the nearest VOR/DME or VORTAC.

EXAMPLES-
!SJT SJT OBST MOORED BALLOON 1 NMR SJT095018 510/BLW WEF 0709251400-0709261400

!SJT SJT OBST MOORED BALLOON 30 NE 1 NMR 610/BLW TIL 0710271700

!ABQ ABQ OBST KITE 1 NMR ABQ020002 505/BLW WEF 0710011900-0710012100

 

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