certification. N otices to Airmen (NOTAMs) have become an increasingly important ool used by airport operations staff and FAA to improve safety through
communication with aircraft operators.
In the last several years, airports have quickly
evolved from phoning or faxing NOTAMs through
regional Flight Service Stations (FSS), to sending
the information via e-NOTAM and its successor
e-NOTAM-II, and most recently through FAA’s
NOTAM Manager System. NOTAM Manager directly
publishes NOTAMs created by airport personnel
without the delay associated with review and
publication by a third party.
NOTAM Manager, formerly known as Direct-entry
Digital NOTAMs, has been in existence for a number
of years and currently is being used or evaluated by
more than 135 airports across the country. While
the NOTAM Manager System is not new, the self-
certification process is presenting the opportunity
for many more airports to utilize NOTAM Manager.
Self-certification is a Web-based implementation
and activation process that the airport completes
with limited assistance from an FAA self-
certification specialist to gain access to the
NOTAM Manager System. Before the self-
certification process was implemented, the
process of converting to the NOTAM Manager
System involved significant prep work and
multiple site visits, followed by creation and
correction of airport data in the system.
Spokane International Airport first applied
to participate in the NOTAM Manager System
in May 2012. After completing the required
documentation, Spokane was asked to participate
in the launching of self-certification as the
first airport to complete the process. Spokane
International’s operations staff agreed to work
with the FAA contract support team to test pilot
the self-certification process.
The self-certification website is laid out in an
easy-to-follow checklist format where a list of
tasks to be accomplished is provided in a side
menu. Information, documents or data entry
forms appear in the center frame of the website.
As each task is completed, a checkmark appears
to indicate that the task is complete, and the next
task becomes active and available. In this way,
the process is controlled in a step-by-step manner
to ensure the steps are completed sequentially as
required. Some of the tasks are airport tasks and
others are required to be completed by the FAA
contract support team. Email notifications are
provided to advise when it’s time to log in and
complete the next step.
After registering on the self-certification site, the
next step is to review the introductory material
provided regarding the self-certification process.
The materials are in PDF format and describe