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WebFOMS Notams Q-Code Priority

The following descriptions represent the typical access and privileges afforded to users designated as Dispatch Managers/Supervisors. Users with dispatcher privileges will have limited access to a subset of the screens presented.

For an overview of the WebFOMS features see the Aircraft Characteristics screen. The features described there can be applied to all screens.


For instructions on how to make modifications on the WebFOMS screens, see Modify, View Aircraft Characteristics. It uses the Aircraft Characteristics as an example but can be applied to all WebFOMS screens.


Screen is the default view when you first go to a WebFOMS screen. When Screen is selected you can view all records that exist in the system.  Select the arrow in the first field of the WebFOMS screen to access the drop-down menu to view the list of available records.

Only items that exist in the database are shown in the drop-down list.

This program stores the international Q-codes for NOTAMs and their full plain language translations and plain language abbreviations. Q-codes are made up of four alphanumeric characters: the first two characters translate into one type of expression, generally describing a particular category of problems, while the second two characters elaborate or refine the description of the problem.

The NOTAM parsing program reads NOTAMs as they are received. If it finds a Q-code, then it interrogates this data file to determine what the appropriate plain language translation should be. This translation is included as part of the NOTAM record that is written to disk, and from that point on any time such a NOTAM is reported (either to screen, hardcopy, or as part of the Send Flight Papers packages), the plain language translation will also appear, enclosed by forward slash characters (/).

A typical example would appear like this:


- A0017/93 16JAN93/1200-16JAN/93/2200



Edit a Q-Code:

The New button is disabled on this screen

Click Edit.

Click on the drop-down arrow beside a field.

Scroll through the list or use the search bar to select a code.

Click on a code to add it.

Add/Move or Remove a Code

Click Edit.

Move your mouse over the field and click on the green arrow beside it

Click on the operation that you wish to perform:

Add - adds a blank field above the selected field

Remove - deletes the code

Move up - moves the code up one position

Move down - moves the code down one position

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