We wish our AIS staff in Poland and in every single office around the world the best of health, much courage, a large dose of optimism and good quality data.
The Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) is a service established in a designated area responsible for providing aeronautical data and information necessary to ensure the safety, regularity and efficiency of air navigation. The genesis of the Aeronautical Information Service is linked to the signing of the Convention on international civil aviation, pursuant to which, in accordance with Article 37, the ICAO Council adopted standards and recommended practices in international civil aviation, issued in the form of ICAO Annexes, including for aeronautical information services – ICAO Annex 15 Aeronautical Information Service, adopted May 15, 1953.
Aeronautical Information Service – AIS Poland – at the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency currently consists of four teams performing tasks including the creation and distribution of aeronautical information products such as:
- Aeronautical Information Collection (AIP), including Amendments and Supplements to AIP;
- Aeronautical Information Bulletins (AICs);
- Aeronautical charts;
- NOTAM and SNOWTAM messages;
- Digital datasets.
AIS is the various areas of activity that we pursue, where the AIRAC cycle sets the rhythm of our work and keeps us on track. The creation of most aeronautical information products is based on the aeronautical objects database (AIM Database), which feeds not only AIS systems, but also ATM systems or the European Database (EAD). The database is a repository of structured data, which is used when working on the AIP Amendment or when creating maps. Based on the database, digital datasets are also created, made available from this year in the AIXM 5.1 model.
AIS is not lagging behind in the ever-changing reality requiring continuous digitization and automation of aeronautical data and information processing. Spatial information systems support AIS in the creation of maps, such as the Aeronautical Map of Poland (VFR Map) or the Airspace Map. Our cartographic activities also support other services such as CNS, FIS or ASM by creating maps dedicated to them.
Aeronautical Information Service is also an International NOTAM office publishing 24 hours information about the current situation in our space, which is responsible for the transmission of information such as sudden closures of airports, runways, elements of the space, and even the entire FIR EPWW.
As an authorized and certified data source we provide high quality flight data. According to the “garbage in, garbage out” principle, the key for us is to obtain data from data providers with the required parameters of accuracy, consistency, and resolution on the basis of which aeronautical information products are created. Cooperation with data providers is in most cases based on the cooperation with data providers is in most cases based on agreements (SLA) and developed standards of data transfer, which significantly facilitates the work and allows to successfully pass frequent audits. As an Aeronautical Information Service we also provide training in aeronautical data quality for data providers.
The future of the Service is determined by the development of aviation and the introduction of new technologies. Advances in technology will bring new ways to find and learn about aeronautical information. Applications for flight planning, advanced NOTAM viewers, web portals, and many systems presenting elements of space are and will be based on data prepared by AIS. Controller in front of the radar observes structures that we publish, pilot before the flight reads NOTAM issued by us, and a young student of aviation art submitting a flight plan studies a map that was created by our Service.