Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)

AIM : the right digital Aeronautical Information, at the right place, at the right time.

The aim of the aeronautical information service (AIS) is to ensure the flow of aeronautical information/data necessary for safety, regularity, economy and efficiency of international air navigation.The importance of aeronautical information/data changed significantly with the implementation of area navigation (RNAV), performance-based navigation (PBN), airborne computer-based navigation systems and data link systems. Corrupt or erroneous aeronautical information/data can potentially affect the safety of air navigation.

The aeronautical information/data based on paper documentation and telex-based text messages can not satisfy anymore the requirements of the ATM integrated and interoperable system and therefore the AIS is required to evolve from the paper product-centric service to the data-centric aeronautical information management (AIM) with a different method of information provision and management. For that purpose, ICAO has developed a roadmap to reflect the importance of the evolution and to address the required changes and is being referred to as the transition from AIS to AIM. The roadmap identifies the major milestones recommended for a uniform evolution across all regions of the world, the specific steps that need to be achieved and timelines for implementation.

The transition to AIM will not involve many changes in terms of the scope of information to be distributed. The major change will be the increased emphasis on data distribution, which should place the future AIM in a position to better serve airspace users and ATM in terms of their information management requirements.

The objective of this section is to support the definition and harmonised transition of the present Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) to Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) in the European region. It is structured around the ICAO Roadmap phases and steps and provides useful information with respect to each step of the roadmap.

ICAO Roadmap from AIS to AIM

This roadmap has been developed by ICAO to address the direction given in the Global Air Navigation Plan for aeronautical information. The changes required are such that it is being referred to a transition from aeronautical information services (AIS) to aeronautical information management (AIM) to reflect the importance of the evolution. It offers practical guidance and advice to regional planning groups and States for development of the implementation and funding strategies which will be required for the global plan initiatives related to aeronautical information. The roadmap identifies the major milestones recommended for a uniform evolution across all regions of the world, it identifies specific steps that need to be achieved and identifies timelines for implementation.

Roadmap phases and steps:

Phase 1 — Consolidation

P-03 — AIRAC adherence monitoring
P-04 — Monitoring of States’ differences to Annex 4 and Annex 15
P-05 — WGS-84 implementation
P-17 — Quality

Phase 2 — Going digital

P-01 — Data quality monitoring
P-02 — Data integrity monitoring

P-06 — Integrated aeronautical information database
P-07 — Unique identifiers
P-08 — Aeronautical information conceptual model

P-11 — Electronic AIP
P-13 — Terrain
P-14 — Obstacles
P-15 — Aerodrome mapping

Phase 3 — Information management

P-09 — Aeronautical data exchange
P-21 — Digital NOTAM
P-10 — Communication networks
P-12 — Aeronautical information briefing
P-16 — Training
P-18 — Agreements with data originators
P-19 — Interoperability with meteorological products
P-20 — Electronic aeronautical charts