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TALPA/RCAM

  • September 18, 2016
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Effective Oct 1, 2016 the FAA will require Airports to use the new TALPA/RCAM Field Condition Reporting. Just wonding how this is effecting your Airport, and any thoughts on it. Our Supervisory staff have really begun dive into the respective A/Cs and other training materials. The reason I decided to make this a topic, is because in conversations, Im finding that alot of people within the industry are not yet abreast of this new reporting practice. The new RCAM is sophisticated and marks a number significant changes that will reduce the "subjectivity of Pireps and/or use of Friction measuring equipment.  If you are not familiar with this, act on it fast, as Oct 1st is when this goes into effect. Along with this, there is a change to Notam Manager, which is a reconfiguation of the software interface adding new fields and drop-downs. Anyway, most of you are more than likely aware; and already engaged. But just wanted to put this out there, because it is the new hot topic, at least at my Airport.

 

Good Day!

 

For info on TALPA/RCAM, use the link below.

https://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/talpa/

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Same here.  We're a small, non-towered, GA airport in NW Louisiana.  As we accept federal money, we are obligated to comply with these new regulations.  Since I'm the only one "trained" to issue NOTAMs, and I'm only here 8-5 M-F, my main concern is reporting a "wet" RWY outside of those hours.  Not to mention that I will have to call SHV ATCT every time I issue/cancel one of those NOTAMs.  During certain times a year, we can get random rain storms multiple times a day, which will result in multiple NOTAMs and phone calls to SHV ATCT. 

I've been on multiple TELCONs and webinars for Notam Manager and AAAE, with lots of airports complaining about this.  From what I've heard, the FAA's attitude is essentially, 'Here it is.  We don't care how you do it, just do it.'

We're trying to figure it out as well. We're having ameeting/training session with our Tower.

 

Not too enthused either. A lot to digest, Hopefully the change will improve on Safety.  

Oh we know about it, and the more we know the less we like.

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