IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 25, 2023
Ms. Klobuchar (for herself, Mr. Moran, and Mrs. Capito) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To establish a task force on improvements for notices to air missions, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
NOTAM Improvement Act of 2023.
FAA Task Force on NOTAM Improvement
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall establish a task force to be known as the FAA Task Force on NOTAM Improvement (in this section referred to as the
The Task Force shall consist of members appointed by the Administrator, including at least one member of each of the following:
Air carrier representatives.
Labor union representatives of airline pilots.
Labor union representatives of aircraft dispatchers.
The labor union certified under section 7111 of title 5, United States Code, to represent FAA air traffic control specialists assigned to the United States NOTAMs Office.
The labor union certified under section 7111 of title 5, United States Code, to represent FAA aeronautical information specialists.
General and business aviation representatives.
Aviation safety experts with knowledge of NOTAMs.
Human factors experts.
Computer system architecture and cybersecurity experts.
The duties of the Task Force shall include—
reviewing existing methods for presenting NOTAMs and flight operations information to pilots;
reviewing regulations and policies relating to NOTAMs, including their content and presentation to pilots;
evaluating and determining best practices to organize, prioritize, and present flight operations information in a manner that optimizes pilot review and retention of relevant information; and
providing recommendations for—
improving the presentation of NOTAM information in a manner that prioritizes or highlights the most important information, and optimizes pilot review and retention of relevant information;
ways to ensure that NOTAMs are complete, accurate, and contain the proper information;
any best practices that the FAA should consider to improve the accuracy and understandability of NOTAMs and the display of flight operations information;
ways to work with air carriers, other airspace users, and aviation service providers to implement solutions that are aligned with the recommendations under this paragraph; and
ensuring the stability, resiliency, and cybersecurity of the NOTAM computer system.
Not later than 1 year after the date of the establishment of the Task Force, the Task Force shall submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report detailing—
the results of the reviews and evaluations of the Task Force under paragraphs (1) through (3) of subsection (c);
the best practices identified and recommendations provided by the Task Force under subsection (c)(4);
any recommendations of the Task Force for additional regulatory or policy actions to improve the presentation of NOTAMs; and
the degree to which implementing the recommendations of the Task Force described under paragraph (2) will address National Transportation Safety Board Safety Recommendation A–18–024.
The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Task Force.
The Task Force shall terminate on the later of—
the date on which the Task Force submits the report required under subsection (d); or
the date that is 18 months after the date on which the Task Force is established under subsection (a).
The Administrator shall have the authority to carry out the recommendations of the Task Force detailed in the report required under subsection (d).
In this section:
FAA means the Federal Aviation Administration.
NOTAM means notices to air missions required by international or domestic regulation or law, as described in FAA Order 7930.2S.