THE Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has taken another step towards modernising the local civil aviation industry, with the transition from paper-based Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) to a modern digital environment, Aeronautical Information Management (AIM).
The transition to AIM is a requirement of the Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO SARPS). It offers a change from traditional paper-based and product-centric AIS to the data-centric and service-oriented information management, which is fully integrated with other information management systems applicable to the civil aviation industry.
AIM implementation is a priority programme for the authority and is being executed in three phases: (1) Consolidation (which is already completed); (2) Going digital; and (3) Information Management (transition ongoing).
JCAA’s provision of aeronautical information services (AIS) included: the provision of aeronautical products and services necessary for the safety, security and efficiency of air navigation, such as flight planning and briefing services; the creation and dissemination of Jamaica’s Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), a standard industry guidance document; and notices to airmen (NOTAMs).
AIM, however, is the digital approach to the provision of the aeronautical information that is critical to the various phases of flight. Driven by a central database, the information disseminated by AIM facilitates the achievement of the ICAO SARPS requirements for quality, accuracy, reliability, efficiency, digitisation and real time availability of aeronautical products and services.
Some of the critical information provided by AIM includes: weather conditions reported or forecast at departure, destination and alternate aerodromes; collision hazards to aircraft; status and serviceability of navigation aids; changes in aerodrome conditions or associated facilities; along with any other information likely to affect safety or efficiency.
The work of the JCAA’s AIM Department will continue to include the provision of obstacle evaluation and procedures development (OEPD) services. The OEPD section undertakes the safety assessment of buildings and other structures in the vicinity of an airport and flight paths, and the development of flight procedures and aeronautical charts.