Modernisation of the Australian Aeronautical Information Publication

What is happening?

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 Organisation (ICAO) standard eAIP format and modernisation of the way we produce our aeronautical charts.

Why is this happening?

Modernisation of production and publishing processes is a key step in enhancing the way Airservices supports the aviation industry with information, data products and related services. Some key benefits include:

  • Ability to provide a 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 app developers to continue to innovate using aeronautical data from Airservices.
  • Ability for Airservices to provide more timely updates to aeronautical data to improve consistency of information and distribution.
  • Improving the level of digitisation of aeronautical data to promote a more dynamic and future oriented way of managing aeronautical data, which will provide broader air traffic management benefits.
  • Greater consistency with standard ICAO eAIP format and charting standards to improve interoperability, readability and standardisation.

What will change?

The changes are proposed to be introduced in the following stages:

  • Stage 1 - Transition of AIP Book and Designated Airspace Handbook (DAH) to eAIP - Proposed completion for AIRAC Effective Date 2 December 2021
    • This stage involves the creation of an ICAO-standard eAIP, which will incorporate the content of the current AIP book and the Designated Airspace Handbook.
    • As part of this process, some content which is currently published in the AIP book will be removed to improve readability and rationalise the content of the book.
    • After the completion of Stage 1, the Designated Airspace Handbook as a publication will cease to exist, and its information will be represented in the eAIP.
    • Airservices will publish information via this portal on format and content changes when finalised.
    • Airservices will publish the eAIP in its new format via the Airservices Australia website and will continue to supply a printed eAIP to customers who currently subscribe to the AIP.
  • Stage 2 - Update to En Route Low Charts, En Route High Charts and Terminal Area Charts - Proposed completion for AIRAC Effective Date 3 November 2022
    • This stage involves the transition of En Route Low Charts, En Route High Charts and Terminal Area Charts to a revised format which will occur due to change in chart production methods.
    • As part of this process, Airservices will propose chart presentation changes to modernise and standardise these charts in accordance with ICAO standards.
    • Airservices will publish information via this portal on presentation changes when finalised.
    • Airservices will continue to print and distribute printed charts in the new format.
  • Stage 3 - Update to Visual Terminal Charts and Visual Navigation Charts - Proposed completion for AIRAC Effective Date 23 November 2023
    • This stage involves the transition of Visual Terminal Charts and Visual Navigation Charts to a revised format which will occur due to change in chart production methods.
    • As part of this process, Airservices will propose chart presentation changes to modernise and standardise these charts in accordance with ICAO standards.
    • Airservices will publish information via this portal on presentation changes when finalised.
    • Airservices will continue to print and distribute printed charts in the new format.
  • Stage 4 - Transition of En Route Supplement Australia and Departure and Approach Procedures to eAIP - Proposed completion for AIRAC Effective Date 23 November 2023
    • This stage involves the transition of the En Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) and the Departure and Approach Procedures (DAP) to the eAIP.
    • This transition will involve content and formatting changes, which will be published on this portal when finalised.
    • Airservices is still considering options regarding:
      • The future of information contained in the ERSA and how best to provide industry with this information in a suitable format.
      • Whether or not the ERSA and DAP will continue to remain as standalone products or will be fully absorbed into the eAIP.

What is happening?

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 Organisation (ICAO) standard eAIP format and modernisation of the way we produce our aeronautical charts.

Why is this happening?

Modernisation of production and publishing processes is a key step in enhancing the way Airservices supports the aviation industry with information, data products and related services. Some key benefits include:

  • Ability to provide a 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 app developers to continue to innovate using aeronautical data from Airservices.
  • Ability for Airservices to provide more timely updates to aeronautical data to improve consistency of information and distribution.
  • Improving the level of digitisation of aeronautical data to promote a more dynamic and future oriented way of managing aeronautical data, which will provide broader air traffic management benefits.
  • Greater consistency with standard ICAO eAIP format and charting standards to improve interoperability, readability and standardisation.

What will change?

The changes are proposed to be introduced in the following stages:

  • Stage 1 - Transition of AIP Book and Designated Airspace Handbook (DAH) to eAIP - Proposed completion for AIRAC Effective Date 2 December 2021
    • This stage involves the creation of an ICAO-standard eAIP, which will incorporate the content of the current AIP book and the Designated Airspace Handbook.
    • As part of this process, some content which is currently published in the AIP book will be removed to improve readability and rationalise the content of the book.
    • After the completion of Stage 1, the Designated Airspace Handbook as a publication will cease to exist, and its information will be represented in the eAIP.
    • Airservices will publish information via this portal on format and content changes when finalised.
    • Airservices will publish the eAIP in its new format via the Airservices Australia website and will continue to supply a printed eAIP to customers who currently subscribe to the AIP.
  • Stage 2 - Update to En Route Low Charts, En Route High Charts and Terminal Area Charts - Proposed completion for AIRAC Effective Date 3 November 2022
    • This stage involves the transition of En Route Low Charts, En Route High Charts and Terminal Area Charts to a revised format which will occur due to change in chart production methods.
    • As part of this process, Airservices will propose chart presentation changes to modernise and standardise these charts in accordance with ICAO standards.
    • Airservices will publish information via this portal on presentation changes when finalised.
    • Airservices will continue to print and distribute printed charts in the new format.
  • Stage 3 - Update to Visual Terminal Charts and Visual Navigation Charts - Proposed completion for AIRAC Effective Date 23 November 2023
    • This stage involves the transition of Visual Terminal Charts and Visual Navigation Charts to a revised format which will occur due to change in chart production methods.
    • As part of this process, Airservices will propose chart presentation changes to modernise and standardise these charts in accordance with ICAO standards.
    • Airservices will publish information via this portal on presentation changes when finalised.
    • Airservices will continue to print and distribute printed charts in the new format.
  • Stage 4 - Transition of En Route Supplement Australia and Departure and Approach Procedures to eAIP - Proposed completion for AIRAC Effective Date 23 November 2023
    • This stage involves the transition of the En Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) and the Departure and Approach Procedures (DAP) to the eAIP.
    • This transition will involve content and formatting changes, which will be published on this portal when finalised.
    • Airservices is still considering options regarding:
      • The future of information contained in the ERSA and how best to provide industry with this information in a suitable format.
      • Whether or not the ERSA and DAP will continue to remain as standalone products or will be fully absorbed into the eAIP.

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  • If the AIP is no longer available what will happen in exams, will the exam provider lend us iPad during the exam with the eAIP loaded?

    GlennA asked about 1 month ago

    Hi, the eAIP will still be available and in a format that allows for printing. The question regarding exams has been passed on to CASA to provide a response. Thanks.

  • Stage 4, will there be access to the latest OLS Survey or Type A Chart for the selected airport, through the ERSA?

    Mark Oxenham asked 3 months ago

    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).

  • Will data presented in AIP, ERSA and DAP still be available in a printed form as required for use in CASA flight crew examinations?

    Owen asked 2 months ago

    Hello, the eAIP will be produced in both HTML and PDF formats to allow for printing. The feedback relating to CASA's requirements for paper copies of documents for exams has been passed on for their consideration. Thanks.

  • With the eAIP project could AirServices Australia proactively address a safety concern we have. It is widely concurred in our organisation that with Automation we have the a latent Change Management hazard related to data and information. In times past when data was changed, each pilot held a piece of paper in their hand and said, 'what's different' or 'that's new'. Today with eDocuments, the crew sync their device and sadly it could be left at that. With information overload in many parts of peoples lives it is easy to just press the button. What can be done to uphold the simplicity of 'updating' the reference library and 'updating the crew members awareness and knowledge of change'? Yes the documents have a 'List of Effective page' and probably 'a change summary', however from experience it is not an effective tool. In the process of eAIP updates, is it possible to generate a communication that is directly sent to voluntarily registered ARN holders that requires them to 'see and acknowledge' a 'summary of changes' to all data changes? It could be through a dedicated mobile app / online portal etc. It could be 'geofenced' and 'activity moderated' for users to only get notifications that are pertinent to their area of interest / exposure.

    Chris Cavilla asked 2 months ago

    Hello, the current AIP documents have changes indicated by change bars (ERSA, DAH and AIP Book) the notes on the DAP charts and a rolling AIC for charts. While the final layout of the eAIP is still being designed if you look at the UK and NZ examples listed in the AIC that will give you an indication of how changes in the Australian product may be presented. The responsibility of checking for and understanding changes to publications either in the current or eAIP form will always remain with the pilot. 

  • How will CASA incorporate the use of eAIP into Flight Crew Examinations? Many other countries already allow the use of this and electronic flight computers.

    Corza asked 3 months ago

    Hi Corza. Your question has been forwarded to CASA and a response will be posted when it is received. Thanks.

  • Will data in eAIP, including charts, waypoints and ERSA data, be made available in the same format used by the FAA, to streamline the integration of this data into EFBs and aircraft electronic instrumentation systems?

    newt asked 3 months ago

    Hi, the eAIP and charts will be available in HTML (excluding charts) and PDF format. These products are intended for General Aviation use. Data for ingestion into EFB and other applications will remain available for purchase online - Purchasing electronic data from Airservices Australia - Airservices. Thanks.

  • Will the .xml file for the eAIP be made available? The .xml format will be easier to programmatically interpret information than a pdf or HTML document.

    cessna182 asked 4 months ago

    Hi, the eAIP will be freely available as HTML and PDF. For options to purchase data in .csv format visit our Purchasing Data webpage - Purchasing electronic data from Airservices Australia - Airservices. Thanks.

  • Hi. The hyperlink in the pdf to the NATS example eAIP has a trailing %20 at the end which results in a page not found error upon selection. If you remove the %20 from the hyperlink, the page opens correctly.

    Airservices25259 asked 5 months ago

    Hi, thanks for that. We will ensure the hyperlink is updated for the next release of the AIC.