World Aeronautical Information Services Day 2024

May 15, 2024, | Harare, Zimbabwe| Today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) joins the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Associations (IFAIMA) and the rest of the Aviation community in celebrating World Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) day. This day marks the anniversary of the adoption Annex 15 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation which states the Standards and Recommended Practises for ensuring safety, regularity, efficiency, and economy of international air navigation.

Provision of Aeronautical Information Services is one of the most vital roles in support of international civil aviation; the objective of which is to ensure uniformity and consistency in the flow of aeronautical information or data to satisfy operational use of international air navigation. We are celebrating this year’s day under the theme “Conquering Aeronautical Information Management Challenges Together.” The role and importance of aeronautical information or data changed significantly with the advent of the internet, implementation of Area Navigation (RNAV), Required Navigation Performance (RNP), Air Traffic Management (ATM) requirements and air-borne computer-based navigation systems. Hence the traditional Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) has migrated to a broader concept of Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) with a different methodology of information provision and management given its data-centric nature as opposed to product-centric of the AIS. The management of aeronautical information hinges more on quality of data i.e. accuracy, integrity, resolution, timeliness, and traceability.

The exponential growth of air travel, advent of new technologies and the increasing demand of efficient operations have created a complex web of challenges that include but is not limited to:  

  1. adaption to new aeronautical technologies and changing regulations.
  2.  provision of quality and timely aeronautical information to users,
  3. ensuring aeronautical data accuracy and integrity.

However, together we can overcome some of our challenges by:

  1. Promoting aeronautical data collaboration and data sharing.
  2. Leveraging on cutting-edge aviation technologies.
  3. Harmonizing aeronautical data standards and formats for System Wide Information Management (SWIM) integration.
  4. Invest in the next generation of AIM professionals through human capital development.

By working together, we can create a seamless, efficient, and safe aeronautical information management system. A system that supports the growing demands of air travel, while minimising errors and reducing delays. So today let us join forces to share our expertise and embrace the challenges ahead, for together we can conquer AIM challenges and take our aviation industry to greater heights.

Happy World Aeronautical Information Services Day!!

Safety, Security, Quality and Efficiency

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