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Attention All Pilots Flying in the Gulf of Mexico Area
New Flight Information Services Are Available Now
On December 17, 2009, the FAA de- • NEXRAD (regional and CONUS) 2. Location.
clared the initial operational capability of precipitation maps. 3. Type and identity of the aircraft.
ADS-B for surveillance services in the • Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Distant 4. Description of the condition ob-
Gulf of Mexico. The new services in- and Flight Data Center. served.
clude: • Airmen’s Meteorological Conditions 5. Type of avionics system and soft-
Flight Information Service - Broadcast (AIRMET). ware version used.
(FIS-B), which provides pilots and flight • Significant Meteorological Conditions You can report issues by contacting the
crews with a cockpit display of aviation (SIGMET) and Convective SIGMET. nearest Flight Service Station (FSS) facil-
weather and aeronautical information. • Status of Special Use Airspace (SUA). ity or obtaining FAA Form 8470-5, Safety
Be advised, the following FIS-B • Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). Improvement Report, from FSSs, Flight
weather products are for information and • Winds and Temperatures Aloft. Standards District Offices, or general avi-
strategic purposes only and do not meet • Pilot Reports (PIREPS). ation fixed-based operators.
the safety and regulatory requirements of • TIS-B service status. The FAA will publish an advisory circu-
official weather products for fuel or flight Users of FIS-B can help the Federal lar with additional details about coverage,
planning: Aviation Administration (FAA) correct requirements, limitations, transmission in-
• Aviation Routine Weather Reports malfunctions and enhance the service by tervals, ADS-B broadcast services, and
(METARs). reporting instances of undesirable system other information in the future. For more
• Special Aviation Reports (SPECIs). performance. The FAA urges users to re- information about the FAA’s ADS-B pro-
• Terminal Area Forecasts (TAFs) and port the following information: gram, visit www.adsb.gov.

their amendments. 1. Time of observation.
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