lobstaboy wrote:At the risk of throwing more fuel on the fire...
Surely with modern mapping software that gives you only the ones near your intended route and a list of them, it's easy to scan down the list and note the ones that are going to be relevant to you?
I don't buy the argument that "all these irrelevant notams mean I might miss the really important one that is going to prevent me becoming a twerp.". Are we really so casual or so busy that that is an issue? Rubbish frankly.
Does Skydemon list all the airfield NOTAMS as well?
If it does, that's one less reason for including airfield NOTAMS in the FIR or en route briefings. If SkyDemon doesn't then you need to check the airfield NOTAMS for any airfield that you think you might need to speak to or divert to any way, in which case why include airfield specific NOTAMS in the en route section?
I haven't owned a printer for many years but I thought it would be fun to print today's EGTT VFR briefing to pdf. Apparently it's 56 A4 pages. 56 pages. That is utterly ridiculous.
Never mind drones at Duxford or cranes at Cambridge, it seems that flight planning requirements for departures from Cardiff requires a 999nm radius of influence in the Q line. That is insane. The only reason I would need to know that is if a) I was based at Cardiff or b) I intend to fly in to Cardiff & depart later. Either way, I should be checking Cardiff aerodrome NOTAMS so there's no reason that this drivel should be included in an FIR NOTAM briefing. It seems to me that there's more chance of finding this sort of information in an airfield briefing than burying it in 56 pages of an FIR briefing.
Somebody should be holding NATS accountable for this sort of tripe. If the CAA or the DfT won't do it then maybe AOPA, Flyer, Pilot, LAA, BGA, BHPA, BMAA, whoever. Somebody needs to be metaphorically kneeing NATS in the nuts until they start to exert some quality control.
Please don't tell me your nav software blah blah blah. There are plenty of other pilots that fly differently & plan differently, we don't all fly straight lines from A to B to C. We all deserve a NOTAM system that works.