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JCAA to upgrade aeronautical info service system

Friday, May 16, 2014    

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THE Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says it is on track to complete an upgrade of its world aeronautical information service (AIS) system by the end of 2016.

The upgrade, which began in 2010, will see Jamaica moving 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 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, yesterday.

The director general said the day was 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.

According to Lindsay, AIS, aeronautical information service, 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.

"The services provided by the JCAA's AIS Department accords with the benchmark Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation and Annex 15 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention)," he said. The director general applauded officers of the JCAA's AIS Department for their diligent and meticulous service to

the global aviation industry over the years and has encouraged them to maintain their high professional standards and performance.

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