NOTAMs cock-up is the pits, say pilots concerned about safety

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NOTAMs cock-up is the pits, say pilots concerned about safety

Notices to Airmen system, ‘a bunch of garbage that nobody pays attention to’, is being overhauled in wake of crashes

Jamie Freed

When it came time to land in San Francisco on July 7 2017, the pilots of an Air Canada jet could not recall a critical piece of information buried on page eight of a 27-page briefing package: the closure of one of the airport’s two runways.

Mistaking the runway they were cleared to land on for the one that was closed, the fatigued pilots chose the wrong reference point and lined up to land on a parallel taxiway instead. They came within seconds of colliding with four planes.

More than three years later a global campaign has been launched to improve aviation safety by reducing the type of information overload experienced by the pilots of Air Canada 759...

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