Tim Dawson wrote:
RisePilot wrote:Or you could just not fly through an active drop zone, no matter what terminology is used.
How does one know it’s active? The presence of the NOTAM only means it might be active.
Unless there’s a good way of tactically determining whether it’s active, then as others have said, good sense would require avoiding it. In which case it’s effectively restricted airspace.
And that’s precisely what we need to guard against. There is really no reason for it, given the advent of information services like yours that can, if properly fed with properly prepared NOTAMs, provide a far more responsive alerting system than was originally dreamed of by whoever created the NOTAM system.
We now have the systems for broadcasting the data, undreamt of a few years ago. We also have a system and culture of NOTAM reading wihin GA. What we don’t have is a system or culture of NOTAM drafting such that these Notice to Airmen are both geographically limited and also time-limited so that they only impact what they must.
With the probable advent of Flexible Use Airspace at lower level we're going to have to grasp this nettle and move beyond lazy, catch-all, blanket NOTAMs. Hooray.