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AIM Basic

AIS Ab Initio


This course provides the prospective AIS/AIM Officer with the background aviation knowledge to follow further trainings to become an operational member of an AIS department. The course will cover a variety of modules that introduce the participant to the aviation industry.

Course content

Module 1: Introduction to AIS:  This module will cover the definition and tasks of an AIS unit, the need for aeronautical information in ATM, including global uniformity in aviation data, and the respective ICAO documents related to the AIS functions, including the ICAO Annexes, Documents and Standard Practices

Module 2: Aviation Legislation:  Introduction to key national and international aviation organizations, ICAO and Air Navigation Services.  The participant will be introduced to the Rules of the Air concerning classes and functions of airspaces and the associated flight rules (VFR/IFR).

Module 3: AIS Data and Documentation: This module covers the differentiation between static and dynamic data and the methods how this information is distributed outside of the AIS unit (AIP, NOTAM, SUP, AMDT, AIC etc.).  Participants will understand the organization of the unit including workflows with other related services. Raw data from point of collection to distribution pertaining to the Aeronautical Data Chain will be discussed in detail. Dynamic data will include the main concepts of this type of data, the different types of TAM messages and NOTAM/SNOWTAM creation, distribution and processing concepts, including database completeness and coherence messages.  Discussion will include Pre-Flight Information Bulletins (PIB) types, content and structure.

Module 4: Principles of ATM: In this module, the participant will learn to recognize the different subjects related to Air Traffic Management and explain the main concepts of ATM and its features. Contents will cover the types of Air Navigation Services (ATS, ATFM, CNS etc.), flight data processing, altimetry and level allocation, separation principles, collision avoidance, Flow and Capacity management. Participants will learn about the phases of emergency, air-ground communications, standard ICAO phraseology, phonetic alphabet, ATC Clearances and Instructions, acronyms and terminology.

Module 5: Equipment and Systems: This module will familiarize the participant with the different types of aeronautical telecommunication and surveillance systems, including principles of radio, frequency, networks and broadcasting systems. Centralized Database Concept including real world examples and focus on the European AIS Database (EAD) is covered.

Module 6: Aerodromes: This module will introduce the participant to the basics of aerodromes and recognizing the main elements and parts that make up the aerodrome environment. Content includes discussion and focus on aerodrome layout, including runways, taxiways, apron, landing areas, services and facilities, obstacles and aerodrome data, lighting including familiarization with Heliport.

Module 7: Characteristics of Aircraft: This module introduces the participant to the principles of flight, types and characteristics of aircraft and aircraft performance at take-off, cruise, decent and landing. It includes an introduction to the types and categories of aircraft and how to identify them.

Module 8:  Introduction to Air Navigation: This module focuses on the concepts behind air navigation, beginning with the earth, geodetic information, magnetic field, projections, reference systems etc. Further discussion will include applied navigation, NAVAIDS and conventional flight procedures.

Module 9: ATS Reporting Office (ARO): This module covers the main concepts and tasks of the ATS Reporting Office.  Flight plan and flight plan messages will be discussed in detail including the types and message replies and associated actors.

Module 10: Quality Management: This module introduces the need and benefits of a Quality Management System, including the ISO standard with focus on KPIs, certification and audits. Coverage includes the need for a system related to the ICAO and EUROCONTROL requirements for AIS units.

(Portions of this course can be purchased separately upon request).

15 days
Price per participant:
4,950 EUR

Scheduled dates

None, request by mail