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Aeronautical Information Publication AIP SUOMI/FINLAND today 60 years

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The publishing of the first complete Aeronautical Information Publication AIP SUOMI/FINLAND was announced in NOTAM 4/1958 on 16 May 1958. It was published by the Aviation Office, which operated under the Ministry of Communications and Public Works of Finland. 

However, AIS’ archives contain published notices of the Aviation Authority as well as NOTAM and parts of AIP (AGA, COM, MET, RAC, FAL) that date from well before 1958, the earliest ones from 1944.

The content of AIP as well as the form and publication means of AIP and other AIS publications have changed several times throughout the decades. Here is a brief historical review:

The publication of AIC notices (A and B series) began in spring 1967. The publication of the AIC B series, which was in Finnish and appeared only in Finland, ended in 2011.

The Integrated Aeronautical Information Package, as defined by ICAO Annex 15 standards, was introduced at 27.4.1995. At the same time began the publication of AIP-Supplements instead of Class II NOTAM (printed publication). The publishing of printed Finnish K-NOTAM already ended at the beginning of 1995.

On 17 July 1997, Finland began to follow the new publication format complying with ICAO’s Annex 15 and Doc 8126. The change mainly concerned the regrouping of the data content of AIP (GEN, ENR, AD). 

Since 1.1.1998 all coordinates on AIP and on aeronautical charts have been based on the global WGS-84 (World Geodetic System 1984) coordinate reference system.

In accordance with the requirements of ICAO Annex 15, paragraph 3.2, AIS has a quality management system  based  on  standard  ISO  9001:2015 and certified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Ltd for the first time on 11 April 2001. The quality management system covers the preparation of the Integrated Aeronautical Information Package, aeronautical charting, flight procedure design and aeronautical information management.

AIS’ Internet service was taken into use in May 2004. The current website address www.ais.fi was introduced in summer 2007.

Finland began to provide information to Eurocontrol’s European AIS database (EAD) on 6 May 2010.

Printed products were gradually given up between 2013 (NOTAM and AIC) and 2014 (AIP).  Between 2008 and 2015, it was possible to order AIP and AIP changes as CD versions.

A PDF certificate has been used in electronic publications since 7 March 2013 to enable verifying the authenticity and origin of documents.

Database driven methods and electronic publishing have renewed our working methods. AIS publications provide documented information on trends in and changes to Finnish airspace, flight procedures, navigation equipment, airports and other fields of aviation over the past decades.

The objective of AIS is to ensure the flow of information necessary for the safety, regularity and efficiency of air navigation at the right time and in the right format. Continuously developing our products and services is an important part of our work, and we help address the demanding challenges of the quickly developing field of aviation.

The AIS unit of ANS Finland celebrates its 60th anniversary by having an ordinary working day.

We wish to thank all of our former and existing customers and partners for the outstanding cooperation!