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From AIS to AIM

Under the ICAO ATM Concept, global airspace will continue to evolve to become a virtual continuum to be efficiently organised and managed for the benefit of all airspace users, civil or military. Its management will fine tune airspace and airport operations to maximise the use of available runway and terminal area capacity and to deliver […]




Under the ICAO ATM Concept, global airspace will continue to evolve to become a virtual continuum to be efficiently organised and managed for the benefit of all airspace users, civil or military. Its management will fine tune airspace and airport operations to maximise the use of available runway and terminal area capacity and to deliver further increases in safety and efficiency for all phases of flight. In consequence, the providers of aeronautical information face a new challenge in having to serve ever more prevalent computer based navigation applications and decision support tools, all of which are data reliant. Traditional AIS will need to make the transition to AIM and then to Information Management, a process characterised by the increasing application of the “all embracing” System Wide Information Management (SWIM) principles. Information Management will be fully SWIM based, in fact it will become the instantiation of SWIM in the aeronautical environment.

The overall Objective of the future ATM network is described thus: “For all phases of flight, to enable the safe, economic, expeditious and orderly flow of traffic through the provision of ATM services which are adaptable and scalable to the requirements of all users and areas of the global airspace. The services shall meet demand in a cost-effective way, be globally inter-operable, operate to uniform principles, be environmentally sustainable and satisfy national security requirements”. The objective is to ensure that AIS will be improved and developed to provide a harmonised, co-ordinated service delivering quality assured most up-to-date information for all phases of flight and all users. In consequence AIS must make the transition from supply of predetermined products to the management of aeronautical information to serve future ATM needs.




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