NPA 2016-02

Technical requirements and operational procedures for aeronautical information services and aeronautical information management

This Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) addresses a safety issue related to the provision of aeronautical information services (AIS) and aeronautical information management (AIM).

The main objective of this NPA is to maintain a high level of safety, increase efficiency and provide for greater cost-effectiveness of the air navigation system by achieving an uninterrupted aeronautical data chain with no loss or corruption in data and information and with guaranteed data quality.

The role and importance of aeronautical data and aeronautical information has changed significantly with the implementation of area navigation (RNAV), performance-based navigation (PBN), airborne computer-based navigation systems and data link systems. Corrupt, erroneous, late, or missing aeronautical data and aeronautical information can potentially affect the safety of air navigation.

The specific objectives of this NPA are to: 1) ensure that aeronautical data and aeronautical information are originated, assembled, edited, formatted, published and finally provided at the required level of quality to the next intended user and for all phases of flight; the quality of the data shall be proportionate to the types of aeronautical actors involved; 2) ensure alignment in an efficient and effective way with the latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 15 amendment; and 3) ensure enough proportionality and flexibility to allow smooth implementation of AIS.

This NPA proposes rules for:

  • ATM/ANS providers; and
  • organisations involved in the origination of aeronautical data.

It amends Annexes I (Definitions), II (Part-ATM/ANS.AR), III (Part-ATM/ANS.OR) and VI (Part-AIS) to Regulation .../…. laying down common requirements for service providers and the oversight in air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic management network functions, as well as Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 of 12 February 2014 laying down requirements and administrative procedures related to aerodromes.