Standards and Recommended Practices for Aeronautical Information Services were first adopted by the Council on 15 May 1953, pursuant to the provisions of Article 37 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago 1944), and were designated as Annex 15 to the Convention.
Annex 15 as now presented has undergone the following development. The first requirements were developed by the Air Navigation Committee as a result of recommendations of Regional Air Navigation Meetings, and were published by authority of the Council as Procedures for International Notices to Airmen
PANS-NOTAM, PICAO Doc 2713) in January 1947. In 1949, the Special NOTAM Meeting reviewed and proposed amendments to these procedures which were later issued as "Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS-AIS, Doc 7106) and which became applicable on 1 August 1951. In 1952, the PANS-AIS were reviewed
by the First Session of the Aeronautical Information Services Division which recommended the adoption of Standards and Recommended Practices. Following consideration by all Contracting States, these recommendations were reviewed by the Air Navigation Commission and the first set of Standards and Recommended
Practices was adopted by the Council on 15 May 1953 as Annex 15 to the Convention. This Annex became applicable on 1 April 1954.
The object of the aeronautical information service is to ensure the flow of information necessary for the safety, regularity and efficiency of international air navigation. The role and importance of aeronautical information/data changed significantly with the implementation of area navigation (RNAV),
required navigation performance (RNP) and airborne computer-based navigation systems. Corrupt or erroneous aeronautical information/data can potentially affect the safety of air navigation.
THE PHILIPPINE AIS
The Philippine AIS receive and/or originate, collate or assemble, edit, format, publish/store and distribute aeronautical information/data concerning the entire territory of the State, or in other words - the whole Philippine Flight Information Region (FIR).
The Philippine FIR occupies one of the largest area in the region. Bounded to the north by Hong Kong, Taipei and Naha (Japan) FIRs, to the east by Oakland Oceanic FIR, to the south by Ujung Pandang and Jakarta FIRs, to the Southwest by Kota Kinabalu and Singapore FIRs and to the west by Ho Chi Minh FIR.
Within the Philippine FIR are 3 terminal movement areas (TMAs), 16 prohibited/restricted/danger areas, 22 military/civilian exercises/training areas, 50 ATS and RNAV routes, 245 reporting points, 65 radio navigation aids, 54 instrument approaches, 7 international airports, 81 national airports,
324 heliports and private aerodromes, and 130 Air Traffic Service (ATS) and Air Navigations Service (ANS) operational facilities.
The AIS maintains and manages all related data within the Philippine FIR, and process it to an information essential to flight - to satisfy the needs of the users (pilots, document producing agencies, ATS, etc.). However, the effective functioning of AIS is dependent upon the co-operative effort
of all other services, such as communications, aerodromes, ATS, etc., since raw data must be originated by such services. With this in mind, AIS is continually looking for ways of improving the lines of communications and harmonize working relationship.
maintains liaison with the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and
Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine
Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLS), Bureau of
Customs (Dept. of Foreign Affairs), Bureau of Immigration and
Deportation (Dept. of Justice), National Quarantine office
(Dept. of Health), Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Dept. of
Tourism (DOT), and other international & national
AIS, in its effort to improve its products and services, and to provide information of defined quality and integrity has entered into agreements with other agencies and geared itself towards automation.
One of the most important undertaking it has entered into is the collaborative effort with the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) of the US DoD, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).
The project - "World Geodetic System - 1984 (WGS-84) survey of 13 key airfields", met the accuracy standards set forth by ICAO and FAA. Currently, AIS and NIMA are in a good working relationship and continually collaborating to contribute in the safety of flight.
Another very important project of AIS is its automation project, which in the eyes of others is a "big leap". Yes, as it would be aptly said, because form a manual way of doing things, AIS will be pursuing a very bold step - that of automating the whole of AIS.
Not only the NOTAM system, or the Aeronautical Information Publication, or the Flight Briefing System, or the Flight Plan Filing, or the Weather Briefing…but all AIS systems. It will be automated and totally integrated and can be accessed either through AFTN, direct cable connection, and the internet.
The Automation of Aeronautical Information Service will involve the development of a Central Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Processing System and four (4) interconnected Briefing Offices at the Manila International Flight Operations Briefing Station (IFOBS) & Domestic Flight Operations Briefing Station (DFOBS),
Mactan and Davao Airports.
The project is geared towards establishing six more briefing offices at Clark, Laoag,
Legaspi, Puerto Princesa, Subic Bay and
Zamboanga Airports - all international gateways and strategic national airports. And, eventually interconnecting all national airports.
briefing offices interconnected to the Central NOTAM
Processing System will form an integrated Aeronautical
Information Service network aimed at ensuring a safe, regular
and efficient international civil aviation through the
delivery of aeronautical information in a defined quality and
integrity. This project is consistent with the requirements of
the International Civil Aviation Organization wherein the
Philippines is a Member State.