Aeronautical Information Management
In pursuant to Article 28 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation each contracting State undertakes to provide Air navigation facilities and standard systems in accordance with standards which may be recommended or established from time to time, pursuant to this Convention. International Civil Aviation Organization adopts and amends from time to time, as may be necessary, international standards and recommended practices and procedures for Aeronautical Information Services in Annex 15. As a contracting State of ICAO, the provision of Aeronautical Information Services in India shall be in conformity with the promulgated standards and recommended practices/procedures of ICAO. DGCA India has adopted these standards and recommended practices/procedures by promulgation of Civil Aviation Requirement Section-9, Series ‘I’, Part I applicable for provision of Aeronautical Information Services in India.
In India the Aeronautical Information Service (excluding publication of Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)) is provided by Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the whole of Indian territory and adjoining oceanic airspace over Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea allocated to India by ICAO for the provision of Air Traffic Services. AIC are published by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.
AIS Section of CHQ, RG Bhavan, New Delhi and NOF Centres located at Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai are responsible to receive/originate, collate or assemble, edit, format, publish/store and distribute aeronautical information/data in accordance with the laid down rules, regulations, procedures and guidelines.
The Aeronautical data and information is provided in the form of an integrated Aeronautical Information Package consisting of the following elements
- Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
- Amendment service to the AIP (AIP AMDT)
- Supplement to the AIP (AIP SUP)
- NOTAM and Pre-Flight information bulletins (PIB)
- Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)
- Check-lists, summaries and lists of valid NOTAM.