- The JCAA is on track to complete an upgrade of its world AIS system to the more data-centric AIM system by the end of 2016.
- The upgrade, which began in 2010, will see Jamaica move from a telex-based service to one which transmits aeronautical, meteorological and airspace management information.
- Jamaica has joined the rest of the world for the first time this year to observe World AIS Day, on May 15.
The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is on track to complete an upgrade of its world Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) system to the more data-centric Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) system by the end of 2016.
The upgrade, which began in 2010, will see Jamaica move from a telex-based service, to one which transmits aeronautical, meteorological and airspace management information to the global aviation network, via satellite.
This was disclosed by Director General of the JCAA, Mr. Leroy Lindsay, in an interview with JIS News.
He noted that Jamaica has joined the rest of the world for the first time this year to observe World AIS Day, on May 15.
The Director General said the day is one of the most important events in the global aviation calendar and that its observance is aimed at bringing worldwide attention to “one of the least known, but most vital of the support services which have been available to the international civil aviation industry for decades.”
He further explained that AIS consists of routinely disseminated, hazard-alert Notices to Airmen (NOTAM), Pre-flight Information Bulletins, and other publications, which detail the regulations, procedures and other information relevant to aircraft operating in a particular country.
Mr. Lindsay underscored that AIS, which Jamaica provides through the JCAA, has been critical in ensuring safety, regularity and efficiency in air transportation across the globe, and particularly in the Kingston Flight Information Region (FIR).
“The services provided by the JCAA’s AIS Department accords with the benchmark Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Annex 15 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention),” he said.
The Director General said he applauds officers of the JCAA’s AIS Department, for their diligent and meticulous service to the global aviation industry over the years and is encouraging them to maintain their high professional standards and performance.
World AIS Day is celebrated every year on the anniversary of the adoption of the SARPS for AIS by the ICAO Council, which took place on May 15, 1963.