Aeronautical Information Publications from AIP France are Now Available in an Electronic Format
From the 29th of May and for three months, the French Aeronautical Information Service provider (SIA) will be testing, on its website, its new aeronautical information publication, « Mainland France and Corsica », in the electronic eAIP format. Its debut is scheduled for September. This electronic presentation has been elaborated in compliance with Eurocontrol specifications and ICAO recommendations. The eAIP France will be available from the SIA and the Eurocontrol (The European AIS Database) websites and will also be offered to subscribers via CD-ROM.
For users, the eAIP offers improved reading quality and a more efficient search for information. On the technical front, updates to eAIP France will be largely automated using the NOPIA system, which retrieves the necessary data from an unique, AIXM-standard, database. Consequently, this publication provides an additional guarantee relative to the integrity of information. Moreover data exchanges with DSNA partners will be easier, for example to make cross-border airspace design studies.
The present paper AIP, with its 4,300 pages and eight binders, will still be available to subscribers. The VAC (visual aerodrome charts) manuals will continue to be produced in a paper-based edition and published with no modification. With the same intention of providing entire aeronautical documentation in an electronic format, the SIA is studying the feasibility of creating an eVFR product which would consolidate all documents required by VFR pilots (VAC, guidance and supplemental documents, navigation charts).
Maurice Georges, DSNA CEO, said : “With this achievement, SIA, the French AISP, offers airspace users a high quality of service, which is essential for safe and efficient air navigation”.