Landmark Phase …ICAO Council Moves Towards Transition From Paper-Based Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) To Data-Centric Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)

In an important step toward a more integrated and responsive global air traffic management (ATM) system, the ICAO Council, during its 213th Session, adopted a new amendment to Annex 15 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) covering Aeronautical Information Services.

olumICAO Council President, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu highlights that the new Amendment 40 to Annex 15 "sets an important milestone as aviation continues its current transition toward System Wide Information Management (SWIM) environments for modern aviation." This latest decision by the ICAO Council will now enable global air transport operations to complete the transition from product-centric and paper-based aeronautical information services (AIS) legacy processes, to a fully data-centric aeronautical information management (AIM) environment for global civil aviation, he explains.

Dr. Aliu further states: "Better aeronautical information is essential if we are to have an integrated and interoperable ATM system which enables air navigation service providers to safely handle more traffic in the same amount of space during the same amount of time. It's expected this new development will accelerate current transitions toward a global ATM capability which reduces costs and environmental impacts while improving access to congested airspace and remote airports in developing countries."

An effective date of July 2018 for the new Annex 15 changes was adopted, and a proposed applicability date of 8 November 2018 was agreed for the related implementation. The amendment allows States and industry to set their own pace to migrate their systems and services.

President Aliu stresses that this will result in overall economic gains for States and operators by improving aeronautical information management through a faster, quality-controlled, and cost-effective exchange of data.

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