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  • International Civil Aviation Organization

    AIS-AIM Study Group Working Status

    Roberta Luccioli TO/AIM

    ICAO Seminar on Transition to AIM – Phases 1‐3 Seminario de la OACI sobre la Transicion al AIM – Fases 1‐3

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    ICAO Seminar on Transition to AIM – Phases 1‐3

    • Development and Implementation of AIS‐AIM Transition 

    • AIM Operational Concept

    • Annex 15 and PANS‐AIM Development

    • AIM Domain Functions 

    • AIM Quality, Data Integrity 

    • Aerodrome Mapping Database (AMDB) 

    • Notam

    • Summary

    • Charting

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    Development and Implementation of AIS‐ AIM Transition (Agenda item 1.2) 

    ICAO Seminar on Transition to AIM – Phases 1‐3


    The current Roadmap for Transition from AIS to AIM had an intended implantation horizon of 2016. Moreover, it was noted that the activities associated with the current roadmap fall short of a full AIM capability, instead providing a path to digital provision of current AIS products and services. It was emphasized that the articulation of any new roadmap should serve as an extension to the current roadmap and that it was not to represent a change in direction. In this connection, the current roadmap serves as the evolutionary beginning of an eventual full transition to an AIM service fully integrated with other ATM services and functions.

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    AIM Operational Concept

    ICAO Seminar on Transition to AIM – Phases 1‐3

    Aeronautical information:

    • is digital  • is safe, secure and quality‐assured  • is part of the network‐centric environment (e.g., SWIM)  • can be digitally stored, managed, and displayed (in textual and/or graphical format)  • can be digitally disseminated (via ground network and various data links)  • is integrated and readily integrate‐able with other information domains  • is increasingly harmonized (including data definitions, data models, data formats, etc) 

    the closer we get to the aircraft  • has temporality (Planning and Reference, Pre‐flight, In‐flight and Post‐flight)  • supports the needs of the ATM community, and the AIM actors in particular  • is adequate for its intended multiple uses, including operational decision making  • is usable by automated Decision Support Tools and Expert Systems 


    As an operational concept it represents a view of future functions, benefits and operating modalities.

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    • AIM actors are controller, pilot, dispatcher • Objective is to achieve shared situational

    awareness for collaborative decision making • AIM is user‐centric and focused on

    (trajectory‐based) operations • AIM temporalities include Planning and

    Reference, Pre‐flight, In‐flight, and Post‐ flight


    • In‐flight use requires near‐real time updates for operational decision making  • AIM for post‐flight phase to extend current AIS paradigm (improving data integrity) to 

    Performance Based Methodology (closing the loop)  • AIM extends AIS and builds foundation for Knowledge Management  • Notion of Single Authoritative Source (SAS) to help avoid potential data duplication and 

    fragmentation  • AIM as part of a network‐centric environment 

    AIM Operational Concept

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    • The current AIM OPERATIONAL CONCEPT document does not include a transition plan. Transition in part would be covered by the application of the Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU);

    • the AISAIMSG/6 agreed that the transition considerations will be incorporated once the concept is considered mature and that the transition would extend from the end of the current roadmap and be in coordination with the ASBUs;

    • need to fully articulate the scope of the AIM information and data domain, the role that AIM is intended to fulfill, and the functions that AIM is required to perform;

    • the document should be able to give the reader a fuller understanding of the change that would be in place once a change to AIM is in place;

    • need to show AIM functions showing the relationship to other entities (e.g. information sources); the “arrows” providing a functional connection between entities and representing processes and procedures connecting the data and information flows are processes that are essentially part of AIM.


    AIM Operational Concept

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    Annex 15 and PANS‐AIM Development (Agenda Item 2.2) 

    ICAO Seminar on Transition to AIM – Phases 1‐3

    • the re‐development of chapters 4 to 11 with the objective of restructuring the  annex and creating the structure to accept new material. 

    • Chapter 4 ‐ Data and Information Scope  • Chapter 5 ‐ Temporality and Distribution  • Chapter 6 ‐ Information Services 

    • What is the Scope of AIM ?  • What is the role of AIM ?  • What are the functions of AIM ?  • What are the Products and Services of AIM ?  • What is the future of messaging and operational reporting?  • What is the future of the AIRAC cycle? 

    After Amendment 37, the focus on Annex 15 will be…

    Big questions to be addressed to complete the evolution of Annex 15 …

    The provisions contained in the Annex become more performance oriented while the more technical specifications, to the extent that they are needed would be found in other documents..

  • 8ICAO Seminar on Transition to AIM – Phases 1‐3

    Minimum data  Ad‐hoc sub‐group dedicated to the development  of a draft general text describing the minimum  data scope to be specified for provision by annex  15. 

    Temporality Ad‐hoc sub‐group dedicated to investigate the factors and aspects concerning temporality of aeronautical information and data and develop an approach to guide the development of provisions for Annex 15 and the draft PANS‐AIM.

    AIM services Ad‐hoc sub‐group dedicated to develop a draft list of AIM services that will be considered for inclusion in Annex 15 Amendment 38.

    Annex 15 and PANS‐AIM Development (Agenda Item 2.2) 

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    AIM Domain Functions (Agenda Item 3.1)

    ICAO Seminar on Transition to AIM – Phases 1‐3

    • The concern is that the phrase “receive and/or originate” incorporated in paragraph 3.1.7 could infer an obligation on AIS to acquire information directly, for example by aerodrome survey, if it was not in “receipt” of such information.

    • There was concern that removal of the term could also generate undesirable consequences. Specifically, it was expressed that if “originate” was not included in the list of AIS functions, it could be interpreted in some States that functions assigned to an AIS could not include origination and that this could be problematic in some States.

    ANNEX 17 – AMD 37: “and/or originate” taken out

    On going discussion about the AIM FUNCTIONS:

    • “and/or originate” in conjunction with “receive”. 

    Note.— An Aeronautical Information Service may include origination functions.

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    AIM Quality (Agenda Item 4.1) 

    ICAO Seminar on Transition to AIM – Phases 1‐3

    Why AIM Quality is  important…

    •For all States which have been embracing the shift from AIS to AIM, it is considered fundamental to the evolution, that phase 1 of the Roadmap for the Transition from AIS to AIM be fully implemented. In particular, it is observed that AIRAC compliance, WGS‐84 implementation, and the implementation of quality management systems are elements that still persist in some states as requiring attention. The implementation of these changes is fundamental and required for the migration of AIS to AIM.

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    • the expense involved in implementing a recognised QMS system particularly one requiring  external registration and certification authorities and auditors as required by ISO 9000.

    • many states have difficulty assigning the resources necessary to implement QMS. This was attributed to the lack of support from Senior and executive management in Civil Aviation Administrations and provider organizations.

    AIM Quality (Agenda Item 4.1) Problems in implementing a QMS…

    • Importance of the quality management guidance and evolving to the need to assist some States in implementing quality management systems;

    • Implement QMS with greatly reduced cost. QMS implementation is not restricted to ISO 9000. Some states may benefit from taking a “home grown” approach or through collaboration and sharing of resources with neighbouring states;

    • AIS Quality checklist (Eurocontrol) that could serve as an entry point for States to implement a QMS capability. The checklist will be incorporated into the Qua


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