Fixing Notams has to be a collaborative effort. The aviation industry has been trying to tackle the Notam Problem since 1964, and to date, we have not solved it.

Flight International, March 15, 1964.

Why have we not solved it yet? Perhaps, because we haven’t ever tried a fully collaborative approach. This isn’t just down to ICAO, the FAA, the CAA, or any one organization. We have to do it as a group. There are a number of important groups enthusiastic about NOTAM improvement, but we have to work together.

If you want to take part, just tell us! Everyone is welcome:

The life journey of a NOTAM passes through all these people


Who’s Who? BEEs and BOOs

Hey, it’s not an aviation project if we don’t have acronyms 😊

  • The BEEs (Back End Experts) design the format, make the software, build the messaging systems, and understand the NOTAM structure. They also understand the politics of change.
  • NOFs (Notam Offices) make the NOTAM. They choose the Q-code, write the text, and they send it to their list of subscribers, including the big NOTAM database people like EAD, FAA, DINS.
  • The PROs (Notam Providers) process the NOTAM. They are mostly Flight Planning providers. They write the code to allow NOTAM to be organized, sorted, filtered.
  • The BOOs (Back Office Officers) work at the airline/aircraft operator. They get the NOTAM from the Notam Provider. They decide which organizing, sorting and filtering to do. Sometimes they rewrite the NOTAM. Not all operators have a BOO.
  • The Pilots (and Dispatchers) are the end users. They get the NOTAM from the PRO or from the BOO. They know if NOTAMs work or not.

Leaders of change – who is working on NOTAMs in 2023?

When we fix NOTAMs, you can thank these people below. There are probably more people working on NOTAM reform than you think! But again, collaboration is key. If you want to join the effory, just let us know:

BEE’s: Back End Experts

  • ICAO IMP/Notam Focus Group
  • IFAIMA (Antonio, Fernando)
  • AIS Reform Coalition/NBAA (Heidi)

NOTAM Offices

  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • New Zealand
  • Czech Republic (ANS CR, Notam Office)

NOTAM Providers

  • Flightkeys 5D
  • Lido

BOO’s: Back Office (Aircraft Operators)

  • KLM
  • Air Canada
  • Air New Zealand
  • Austrian
  • United Airlines
  • Aer Lingus

Pilots (and Dispatchers)

  • IFALPA (Lauri)


Get involved! All are welcome, email


  • Michal Pufr says:

    Dear Colleagues,

    I really appreciate your effort, my name is Michal Pufr and I am Head of NOTAM Office in Prague, I would like to be a member of your group. I have a good knowledge of NOTAM processing or filtering. I was responsible for our web application for aeronautical information I am a member of EC Digital NOTAM focus group as well. If you have any additional question, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    With best regards, Michal Pufr

    • NOTAM Team says:

      Hi Michal! Thanks for your note, we would love to have you collaborate and join the team. We’ll send you an email!

  • Susan Sticazsky says:

    I commend you for your great work! NOTAMS must be fixed NOW! How about a ChatGPT automatic translation and removal of irrelevant BS?!

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