In order to comply with the modern requirements in aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) launched the concept of ‘Aeronautical Information Management’ (AIM). This concept replaces the classical Aeronautical Information Service (AIS). Before long, Belgocontrol recognized the value and the advantages of AIM and switched its services to this comprehensive concept.
Belgocontrol manages the aeronautical information that is important to pilots and for all parties concerned in ATM.
AIM includes the publication and distribution of static (Aeronautical Information Publication - AIP) and dynamic information (messages for aviation - NOTAM) concerning Belgium and the grand duchy of Luxembourg. The requirements mentioned in Annex 15 of the ICAO convention of Chicago are the main guideline for this. Data management meets the European standards and is done through the European AIS Database (EAD). The ATS Reporting Office (ARO) is integrated in the offices of the AIM service in the control tower of Brussels National Airport on the site of Belgocontrol at Steenokkerzeel.
By insuring accuracy, integrity and timeliness of the published data, Belgocontrol delivers qualitative information and in this way helps to guarantee the safety of air navigation. Belgocontrol is ISO 9001 certified and aeronautical information is processed according to standard operational procedures and working instructions, during which the whole data chain is monitored, from its generation by the data providers to its publication.
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