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The NOTOC Navigator®.net for the Internet is an online application designed to automate the generation of compliant Notification To Captain (NOTOC) documentation which acts as a flight manifest. This document has also been called the Notice to Pilot in Command (NOPIC) as well as a Pilot Notification Form (PNF). Each NOTOC contains a standardized list of hazardous materials and dangerous goods (for both non-radioactive and radioactive materials) that are loaded onboard an aircraft, their location, quantity and type of packaging, and procedures to follow in the event of an emergency situation.
An airline must have the ability to handle large amounts of dangerous goods information in a timely and
accurate fashion in order to meet time windows for departing or connecting flights. To address time, accuracy,
safety and ICAO Chapter 4, 4.1, Information to pilot-in-command, and IATA Section 9.5.1, as well as the documents
required by 49 CFR §175.33 and §175.35(a) and (b), the NOTOC Navigator® was
created to combine all of these documents into one.
(per user license)
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Every airline has its’ own version of a written form that is to notify aircraft crew members about dangerous goods (Hazmat) that is loaded onboard their aircraft. This form is entitled Notice to Captain in Command (NOTOC) or Notice to Pilot or Command (NOPIC) or Pilot Notification Form (PNF ) or Crew Advise or Information to Crew Members. As you notice, there are a lot of different phrases that describe a similar topic.
Although there is not one consistent phrase in the airline industry to describe this form, there is even less consistency with the actual content of the form itself. Most domestic regulations of countries (States) as well as the international regulations, all mandate that a dedicated form be used to inform crew members about the dangerous goods that have been loaded on board their aircraft for that leg of a flight. All of these regulations only mandate that the form be presented to the pilot in command and with a minimum of content, however the regulations do not specify the actual sequence the information must appear in.
A first responder to any transportation emergency has already received prior training on where to look on a shipping document tendered by a shipper, to extract required hazardous materials information to mitigate the circumstances. All Shippers and enforcement personnel are taught what sequence all hazardous materials information is to be presented in. On the other hand, airlines are only required to have their NOTOC contain certain hazardous materials information and the regulations do not require
The regulations are quite specific about the sequence of all the information that must appear on the shipper’s paperwork, however the same regulations are mute about how the entire sequence of information must appear on the NOTOC form that is given to the crew of any flight. In other words, each airline around the world is free to create their own sequence of hazardous materials information. Therefore, a gap in consistency of placement or sequence of hazardous materials information is created between airlines and first responders. Although this is legal, is it safe?
The NOTOC Navigator eliminates this inconsistency of placement of information. The program logic places all hazardous materials information in a logical format and sequence for each and every shipment indicated on the NOTOC, that all airlines and emergency response personnel can immediately identify and understand. There is no guessing as to where on the NOTOC form one has to look for information.
All NOTOCs are generated electronically in PDF file format. This program will also allow qualified personnel to send the NOTOC to emergency responders by e-mail when necessary to any MAPPI compliant email address anywhere in the world, even to a cell phone or airport tower computer, or anywhere an email message can be received, allowing first responser units to quickly respond to an emergency situation knowing the hazmat contents, quantity and location on board the aircraft.
This software application works in conjunction with HAZMAT®, an application that verifies and accepts only compliant shipments of hazardous materials for transport onboard aircraft. Multiple shipments accepted through HAZMAT® can then be assigned to single or multiple ULDs and flights with regulatory logic built in to verify segregation and compatibility requirements specified by the regulations and operator-specific guidelines.
The NOTOC Navigator® creates documentation in a standard format, designed to eliminate the need for individual interpretation of the regulations for transporting hazmat on board aircraft. This not only promotes efficiency and compliance with national and international law, but also for the safe transport of dangerous goods with regards to all personnel involved either on a passenger or cargo only aircraft. All of the NOTOC NAVIGATOR’s information per flight is stored perpetually in a database. Any particular flight therefore can be retrieved from the database and the entire NOTOC for that flight can be sent electronically via Mappi compliant e-mail (or manually attached to non-Mappi compliant electronic mail delivery systems) to any e-mail address on the internet anywhere in the world within seconds.
The NOTOC Navigator® is designed to use the information stored in the central processing file created by HAZMAT®.NET to quickly and easily combine shipment files into one mastyer flight file used to create the NOTOC form printout. This file then can be transferred by elecgtronivc delivery to the next down-line station or to an emergency response organization for instant, clear and exact information.
Today, it is a reality for the shipping and emergency response data of dangerous goods shipments on an aircraft to be available in seconds, due to technology innovations and the relative small size of the flight files used to create the NOTOC which, on average is less than 500 Kb, allowing even the use of low speed dial-up connections to be practical. The idea of using small files for the transmittal of information should appeal to all concerned.
HOW IT WORKS
The NOTOC Navigator® allows a dangerous goods shipment that has been already inspected and approved by HAZMAT®.NET, the automated acceptance checklist, to be assigned to either a virtual warehouse floor or a ULD and then be assigned to a ULD on a flight. After assigning the shipment to a particular flight or flights, the user then prints out a “Flight Manifest” styled NOTOC ready for pilot in command signature.
The pilot takes a copy of the printed NOTOC on board the aircraft, and the Dangerous Goods Specialist at the origin station of the flight electronically forwards the NOTOC to the next station of that flight. The origin station of the flight retains an electronic copy of the NOTOC that is sent to the next down-line statin, therefore, there are always at least two copies of the NOTOC that would be available in the operators computer system.
The following is a summary of the contents of the NOTOC Navigator® printout and it’s electronic copy in relation to the requirements of Title 49 CFR §175.33 and ICAO Chapter 4, 4.1, and IATA DGR 9.5.1 addressing the issue of;
- Origin station
- Flight number
- Aircraft registration number
- Destination station of flight
- Name of airline and its 24 hours telephone number for an emergency
- Destination station/city of shipment
- Air Waybill number
- Emergency response phone number of each dangerous goods shipment
- Proper shipping name and if applicable, Exemption/Approval Number
- Class/Division Number (for Class 1, Compatibility Group letter)
- UN/ID Number
- Subsidiary risk
- Number of packages
- Type of packaging and quantity
- Coass 7; Nuclide; if Fissile,; Physical form; Category; Transport index
- Packing Group
- IATA IMP code
- NAERG Number and ICAO Drill Code number ofr emergency response information
for every hazardous description on NOTOC
- Passenger or Cargo Aircraft Only
- ULD number
- Aircraft position number of the ULD
- For each NAERG number, a choice of 3 extinguishing agents
- For each ICAO Drill number, the entire drill is given
- Explanation of Drill code letter assignment
- Any additional handling information required or desired to be reflected
- Telephone number of Chemtrec and the Communicable Disease Center
- Signatures of Dangerous Goods Specialists and Pilot-in-Command
- For Special cargo, i.e., live animals, precious metals and gems, perishables, manual engry allowed under “Other Special Load”
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Emergency First Responders
For all First Responders to an emergency scene involving an aircraft, one of the first consideration
is "are there any hazmats (dangerous goods) on board and if so, where and how much?" As one of the many missions that a first responder is to accomplish is to neutralize as much as possible the hazardous materials spill or incident. However, the safety and well being of the First Responder must also be a priority.
The Bureau of Dangerous Goods Ltd., has the answer. The airlines themselves are using our commercially
available program for dangerous goods that go by air known as HAZMAT®,which is an automated compliance checklist.
This software has a module in it named "NOTOC NAVIGATOR" which is a totally automated Notification to
the Pilot in Command (NOTOC) or “NOPIC or Pilot Notification Form (PNF)” that has emergency response information from two sources contained on it,
one being the Emergency Response Guidebook that was developed jointly by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT). The other source is the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Emergency Response Guidance for Aircraft Incidents involving dangerous goods (known as the ICAO Red Book). For the first responder, this information is essential for not only addressing the incident but also conveying information about protective clothing, evacuation and first aid.
Also given is the name of the chemical, the UN identification number, class hazard, the degree of danger
known as the UN Packing Group Number, quantity per package and a description of the package and where on
the aircraft the package is located, either on the maindeck or in the lower lobes (belly).
Onboard the aircraft, the pilot and crew are the first line of defense involving any type of emergency, including a hazardous material spill or incident, and they are in essence the first responders while the aircraft is in the air. Emergency procedures will differ onboard an aircraft in flight vs procedures to follow while the aircraft is on the ground. Under the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the ICAO Red Book has been developed with the assistance of the Dangerous Goods Panel to provide guidance to countries and airlines for dealing with dangerous goods emergencies while the aircraft is in the air. The crew is given information related to the inherent risk, risk to aircraft, risk to occupants, spill or leak procedures, firefighting procedures and additional considerations.
All of this information is immediately available from the airline involved to a first responders,
free of charge, by using the world wide web. The entire NOTOC form can be emailed to any Mappi
compliant email address anywhere in the world within seconds.
While enroute to the scene of a hazmat incident, a first responder that has a “Smart Phone” will be able to receive not only the NOTOC via email on their cell phone attached to their hip, but also receive a summary in the front end of that email of all of the dangerous goods onboard the aircraft by position number, reflecting total quantity by class hazard, ERG Guide Numbers as well as emergency response telephone numbers of the emergency response information provider.
The concept of air freight movement from an airline perspective is how this software is structured. We have evolved this concept to simply mean moving compliant dangerous goods shipments from a virtual warehouse onto a virtual ULD and then load the ULD onto a virtual flight. The software takes into account a number of different aircraft models so that certain type of dangerous goods regulatory loading requirements are handled such as the Cargo Aircraft Only rule; Toxic substances loading rule; Total TI (Transport Index) loading rule.
Non regulatory “Special Interest” issues are addressed such as when loading dry ice onto a ULD and loading the ULD onto an aircraft, there are warning messages that appear stating to be aware of live animals. Program also handles high profile shipments of non dangerous goods like precious metals, live animals and perishables.
Several type of management report are generated by the program. These reports will reflect the total Class hazard by mass or volume, whichever is appropriate that transits a station in a given time period, the number of DG pieces in the shipment and the IATA IMP Code. Reports for ULD’s, Shipments by Station, Shipments by User, Shipments by Status and Flight Status are some of the reports generated by request.
Flight information is stored perpetually in a centralized database, allowing users quick and easy
access to previous flight information and NOTOC documents.
NOTOC documents can be sent electronically via MAPI compliant e-mail (or manually attached to a
non-MAPI compliant email delivery system) to any e-mail address anywhere in the world, within
seconds. Flight and emergency response information are more readily available in time-sensitive
Import HAZMAT® files to quickly combine shipments into one master
flight file that can be used to create NOTOC print-outs faster than ever.
Transfer master flight files to the next down
line station for an instant, clear and exact copy of the NOTOC print-out!
Official emergency response organizations can receive PDF copies of NOTOC print-outs, identical
to the original (excluding signatures) NOTOC carried by the pilot-in-command. Quick delivery of
this information is crucial in emergency response situations.
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