Modernisation of the Australian Aeronautical Information Publication

In order to modernise Airservices' aeronautical information and data products, Airservices is commencing a number of activities to change the way it produces and publishes the Australian Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), primarily through migration of the AIP to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard eAIP format and modernisation of the way we produce our aeronautical charts.

This program is a key step in enhancing the way Airservices provides information, data products and related services.

Modernisation of the AIP will:

  • provide the ability to develop wider and more flexible range of aeronautical information and data products to support pilots, aircraft operators and the broader industry, including improving the ability for other key industry partners (such as application developers) to continue to innovate using aeronautical data from Airservices
  • provide more timely updates to aeronautical data to improve consistency of information and distribution
  • improve the level of digitisation of aeronautical data to promote a more dynamic and future oriented way of managing aeronautical data
  • ensure consistency with the ICAO recommended eAIP format and charting standards to improve interoperability, readability and standardisation.

Next Steps

During the remainder of 2022 the following work will commence or be continued:

  • Incorporation of DAH into the relevant ENR sections of the eAIP and removal of DAH as a standalone product.
  • Incorporation of non-aerodrome information published in ERSA into the relevant sections of the eAIP or other reference material and removal of these sections from ERSA.
  • Production of prototypes of selected AIP Charts and eAIP sections to be used to demonstrate the expected changes as a result of the modernisation

It is important to note that there are no planned changes to the print and distribution of AIP products during 2022 and customers will be informed in advance of any changes to these services.

Q&A Forum:

Airservices invites you to provide questions and comments using the Q&A box found at the bottom of this page. Questions and answers will be posted publicly to facilitate information sharing. Should you wish to contact us privately, please email stakeholder@airservicesaustralia.com


In order to modernise Airservices' aeronautical information and data products, Airservices is commencing a number of activities to change the way it produces and publishes the Australian Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), primarily through migration of the AIP to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard eAIP format and modernisation of the way we produce our aeronautical charts.

This program is a key step in enhancing the way Airservices provides information, data products and related services.

Modernisation of the AIP will:

  • provide the ability to develop wider and more flexible range of aeronautical information and data products to support pilots, aircraft operators and the broader industry, including improving the ability for other key industry partners (such as application developers) to continue to innovate using aeronautical data from Airservices
  • provide more timely updates to aeronautical data to improve consistency of information and distribution
  • improve the level of digitisation of aeronautical data to promote a more dynamic and future oriented way of managing aeronautical data
  • ensure consistency with the ICAO recommended eAIP format and charting standards to improve interoperability, readability and standardisation.

Next Steps

During the remainder of 2022 the following work will commence or be continued:

  • Incorporation of DAH into the relevant ENR sections of the eAIP and removal of DAH as a standalone product.
  • Incorporation of non-aerodrome information published in ERSA into the relevant sections of the eAIP or other reference material and removal of these sections from ERSA.
  • Production of prototypes of selected AIP Charts and eAIP sections to be used to demonstrate the expected changes as a result of the modernisation

It is important to note that there are no planned changes to the print and distribution of AIP products during 2022 and customers will be informed in advance of any changes to these services.

Q&A Forum:

Airservices invites you to provide questions and comments using the Q&A box found at the bottom of this page. Questions and answers will be posted publicly to facilitate information sharing. Should you wish to contact us privately, please email stakeholder@airservicesaustralia.com


Q&A Forum

Airservices is commencing a number of activities to change the way it produces and publishes the Australian Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). Please use this Q&A forum is you have any questions on this change. 

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  • Hi there, H11/22 speaks to the transfer of all aerodrome (ERSA FAC) info being transferred from ERSA to EAIP. Can Airservices confirm that this will be for all CERTIFIED and NON-CERTIFIED aerodromes that are contained within the existing ERSA. And should there be any 'unvalidated' aerodromes (either cert or un-cert), will this also transfer across the EAIP OR will Airservices be making a policy to no longer contain any 'unvalidated' data within the EAIP? In addition, will EAIP data contain all of the FAC data currently contained within ERSA, as much of this is invaluable information that has been gained over many years. My concern is that to 'meet ICAO requirements' that there won't be the appropriate fields in the new EAIP AD template to retain this invaluable info. This is a very important project for Airservices and industry. It should (finally) modernise our AIP and align it to best practice. Furthermore, it will enable single source data, remove duplication and of course enable Airservices to respond to charting changes much better than the existing and inadequate long lead times for producing charts. Industry will therefore expect the cost savings being derived from this project to flow into cost savings to industry. It would be very much expected that Airservices do not see this as an opportunity to impose further costs onto industry. Thanks

    Matt Bouttell (RAAus) asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Matt,

    There are multiple parts to your questions so I have answered them below individually:

    H11/22 speaks to the transfer of all aerodrome (ERSA FAC) info being transferred from ERSA to EAIP. Can Airservices confirm that this will be for all CERTIFIED and NON-CERTIFIED aerodromes that are contained within the existing ERSA.

    ERSA FAC that are published at the time of cut-over will be published in the eAIP (see next question for further detail).

    And should there be any 'unvalidated' aerodromes (either cert or un-cert), will this also transfer across the EAIP OR will Airservices be making a policy to no longer contain any 'unvalidated' data within the EAIP? 

    Since the introduction of CASR175 the amount of unverified data and information published across all the AIP products has been greatly reduced and work continues to establish owners for the remaining unverified content. At the time of cut-over, unverified ERSA FAC entries will not be published in the eAIP, however unverified obstacles and aerodromes will continue to be published on charts with symbology to clearly identify the difference between unverified and verified information.

    In addition, will EAIP data contain all the FAC data currently contained within ERSA, as much of this is invaluable information that has been gained over many years. My concern is that to 'meet ICAO requirements' that there will not be the appropriate fields in the new EAIP AD template to retain this invaluable info.

    The content (as opposed to the format) within ERSA FAC entries is largely ICAO compliant, and although the presentation of some information may change there is no requirement to remove any information, apart from that which may be duplicated in other areas of the eAIP

    Industry will therefore expect the cost savings being derived from this project to flow into cost savings to industry. It would be very much expected that Airservices do not see this as an opportunity to impose further costs onto industry.

    The eAIP, like the current AIP products, will continue to be freely available from the Airservices website. There have been no decisions of what the impact will be of the introduction of the eAIP will have on the print and subscription services currently being offered, however as per the ICAO standards, the eAIP will be produced in a printable format.

  • sir, i,m not to concerned about changers to the aip, but my gripe is with the ersa, 4 ersas per yr is redicules. not to mention the waste of money. the amount of hrs pvt pilots fly ea yr is low and yet to keep your nav bag up to scratch { in casa of a ramp check } the waste of money on 4 ersas per yr is ludicrus. 2 would b ample, jan to june---july to dec , i urge u to give this plenty of thought , rgds graham hepner arn 127631

    rocky asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Graham,

    Australia is quite unique in only having 4 major AIP updates a year, the ICAO standard is 28 days however due to printing requirements we are not able to produce that many updates.

    Due to the large number of changes per cycle, especially the number that require NOTAM to be issued, we will not be looking at reducing the number of ERSA updates at this stage.

    If you have any further questions or feedback that is not related to the eAIP project please email ais@airservicesaustralia.com

  • Will Type-A obstacle charts and digital obstacle datasets be published by Air Services Australia. This is the case for majority of other ANSP providers including NATS : https://nats-uk.ead-it.com/cms-nats/opencms/en/Publications/digital-datasets/ https://nats-uk.ead-it.com/cms-nats/opencms/en/Charts/type-a-charts/ Having these charts and data stored/published by Air Services in a central location will help with standardization and ensure users are using the latest information. Please advise if this is part of the project scope /changes.

    65015 asked about 2 months ago

    Hello,

    Obstacle datasets are available for purchase online - Purchasing electronic data from Airservices Australia - Airservices (scroll down to Vertical Obstacle Data (VOD)).

    In regards to Type A charts, this question has been asked previously and there has been no change in the scope to include the Type A charts within the eAIP. 

    I have included the earlier response for your reference below:

    Hello, at this stage Airservices is not looking at changing how these charts are published as they are the responsibility of the individual aerodromes. A list of aerodromes with obstacle charts is available on the Airservices website - TypeAandBCharts.pdf (airservicesaustralia.com).

    Thanks!

  • hi there, currently trying to find information in Gen 3.5. Has 3.5 been changed? I remember it had a significantly greater amount of information in it than it currently does. As an example Ive noticed there is no explanation to taf format. Also, para 4.8 lists a table of TAF categories, [a,b, so on] however there is no information specified as to what constitutes that category. However in the vfrg page 134 has that listed, as it should. I guess im just confused as to why it would have changed, and where do I now find that information. I have been looking everywhere but can't find it.

    1252022 asked 3 months ago

    Hello,

    The changes to GEN 3.5 were made for the December 2021 AIP Book - detailed information about the change and where to find current BoM information can be found in AIC H11/22 (Appendix 1), the AIC is available online - www.airservicesaustralia.com/aip/aip.asp.

  • How do I find the "change bars" in ERSA publications

    Ross B asked 5 months ago

    Hi,

    I have provided an example of what Change Bars look like - you will find them throughout the ERSA.

  • what is the difference between 02 dec ERSA publication and 24 mar ERSA publication

    Ross B asked 5 months ago

    Hi Ross, like all other ERSA publications, the March version is marked with change bars where there are changes in information when compared to the previous version. 

  • DOCUMENT UPDATES - AGAIN. I see this issue has already been raised but I wish to raise it again due to its importance. Despite having an EFB, I have been maintaining a Jeppesen paper subscription (at additional cost), largely due to appreciating the advantages of 'seeing' what changes in the AIP at each update cycle. Now that Jeppesen is discontinuing my area of coverage paper service, I am looking at commencing an Airservices AIP subscription but discover that Airservices may be going down the same electronic favoured route... The biggest issue with electronic product updates at the moment is the lack of clarity of 'what's changed' when the 'update' button is pressed. Pilots do not know what has instantly changed and do not have time to re-read the AIP every update or look through every page of an entire document to discover 'update' side-bars... Could you PLEASE consider at least having a hyper-linked 'summary of changes' page/function incorporated into the eAIP document? True, "The responsibility of checking for and understanding changes to publications either in the current or eAIP form will always remain with the pilot," BUT the electronic product format can either make this task harder or easier. It would greatly assist in creating a time efficient process for time-poor professional pilots to actually stay on top of changes that they are supposed to be aware of IF each block of updates/changes were highlighted in a fast and readily accessible format...

    Damon asked 8 months ago

    Hi Damon,

    Apologies for the delayed response, but we have only just returned from the Christmas break. The exact specification for how changes are marked has not been finalised, however it will be similar to other examples globally that are formatted as you have described. The change will be indicated in the "electronic" or the HTML version of the eAIP, it will also be able to be viewed in the traditional manner with a change bar if the section or entire publication is saved by the user as a PDF. 

    Examples of a change from the UK are shown in both the HTML and PDF formats, further investigation of the change, as you also mention, is then the responsibility of the user. 



  • This new format would be greatly enhanced and more user friendly if it was produced as an app. Are there plans to do so? Several years ago, for some odd reason, the index was removed from the AIP making it more time consuming to look up relevant information. Will the electronic version have a search function?

    Simmo asked 9 months ago

    Hi Simmo, Airservices does not have any plans to develop its own App for publication of the eAIP. The final technical specs for the eAIP tool are being developed and should include a more user friendly table of contents, i.e. with clickable links to the applicable content and the PDF version will maintain the same "Find" (CTRL + F) functionality that is currently available. 

  • From CASA- "Candidates preparing for Flight Crew Licensing examinations should not expect any changes in CASA’s policy in relation to the use of electronic devices during examinations. Changes to Flight Operation Regulations are planned for the 2 December 2021, but these changes to not include the use of electronic documents." Does this mean that new students will have to self-print the entire AIP &/or ERSA as required for their exams, given that CASA will not be changing the permitted materials to allow for electronic copies? Will Airservices look at granting a blanket waiver for flight schools to print copies for their students given this unavailability? Even further to that, how does the copyright asserted by ASA affect commercial flight schools who may need to recoup the cost of printing >1000 pages for each of their students?

    AG asked 9 months ago

    There are no planned changes to the availability of printed products for at least the next 12-18 months and there is a requirement for an eAIP to be produced in a printable format. Airservices will provide further advice on printing arrangements as the project progresses. Thanks.

  • How will this affect the way that material is needed for CASA exams? Currently hard copies of AIP, DAPS, ERSA and charts are required.

    Thor Cembala asked 10 months ago

    Hi, the question regarding the requirements for CASA exams has been passed on to CASA for review. Thanks.

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