Aeronautical Information Publication

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In aviation, an Aeronautical Information Publication (or AIP) is defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization as a publication issued by or with the authority of a state and containing aeronautical information of a lasting character essential to air navigation. It is designed to be a manual containing thorough details of regulations, procedures and other information pertinent to flying aircraft in the particular country to which it relates. It is usually issued by or on behalf of the respective civil aviation administration.

Overview[edit]

The structure and contents of AIPs are standardized by international agreement through ICAO. AIPs normally have three parts – GEN (general), ENR (en route) and AD (aerodromes). The document contains many charts; most of these are in the AD section where details and charts of all public aerodromes are published.

AIPs are kept up-to-date by regular revision on a fixed cycle. For operationally significant changes in information, the cycle known as the AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) cycle is used: revisions are produced every 56 days (double AIRAC cycle) or every 28 days (single AIRAC cycle). These changes are received well in advance so that users of the aeronautical data can update their flight management systems (FMS). For insignificant changes, the published dates calendar used.

In some countries the AIP is informally known as the Airman's Manual or the Air Pilot.

Electronic AIP[edit]

EUROCONTROL has published a specification for an electronic AIP (eAIP).[1] The eAIP Specification aims to harmonise the structure and presentation of AIPs for digital media.[2] In this respect, a digital AIP is a digital version of the paper AIP, usually available in PDF format, while an electronic AIP is available in PDF as well as other formats, more suitable for reading on the screen and for electronic data exchange. Many countries around the world provide digital AIPs either on CD-ROM subscription or on a Web site. The external links section below lists AIPs which aim to follow the EUROCONTROL eAIP Specification.

AIRAC effective dates (28-day cycle)[edit]

The current AIRAC cycle is 1411 (effective 16 Oct 2014).

# 2003 2004* 2005 2006 2007 2008* 2009 2010 2011 2012* 2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017 2018 2019
01 23 Jan 22 Jan 20 Jan 19 Jan 18 Jan 17 Jan 15 Jan 14 Jan 13 Jan 12 Jan 10 Jan 9 Jan 8 Jan 7 Jan 5 Jan 4 Jan 3 Jan
02 20 Feb 19 Feb 17 Feb 16 Feb 15 Feb 14 Feb 12 Feb 11 Feb 10 Feb 9 Feb 7 Feb 6 Feb 5 Feb 4 Feb 2 Feb 1 Feb 31 Jan
03 20 Mar 18 Mar 17 Mar 16 Mar 15 Mar 13 Mar 12 Mar 11 Mar 10 Mar 8 Mar 7 Mar 6 Mar 5 Mar 3 Mar 2 Mar 1 Mar 28 Feb
04 17 Apr 15 Apr 14 Apr 13 Apr 12 Apr 10 Apr 9 Apr 8 Apr 7 Apr 05 Apr 4 Apr 3 Apr 2 Apr 31 Mar 30 Mar 29 Mar 28 Mar
05 15 May 13 May 12 May 11 May 10 May 8 May 7 May 6 May 5 May 03 May 2 May 1 May 30 Apr 28 Apr 27 Apr 26 Apr 25 Apr
06 12 Jun 10 Jun 9 Jun 8 Jun 7 Jun 5 Jun 4 Jun 3 Jun 2 Jun 31 May 30 May 29 May 28 May 26 May 25 May 24 May 23 May
07 10 Jul 8 Jul 7 Jul 6 Jul 5 Jul 3 Jul 2 Jul 1 Jul 30 Jun 28 Jun 27 Jun 26 Jun 25 Jun 23 Jun 22 Jun 21 Jun 20 Jun
08 7 Aug 05 Aug 4 Aug 3 Aug 2 Aug 31 Jul 30 Jul 29 Jul 28 Jul 26 Jul 25 Jul 24 Jul 23 Jul 21 Jul 20 Jul 19 Jul 18 Jul
09 4 Sep 02 Sep 1 Sep 31 Aug 30 Aug 28 Aug 27 Aug 26 Aug 25 Aug 23 Aug 22 Aug 21 Aug 20 Aug 18 Aug 17 Aug 16 Aug 15 Aug
10 2 Oct 30 Sep 29 Sep 28 Sep 27 Sep 25 Sep 24 Sep 23 Sep 22 Sep 20 Sep 19 Sep 18 Sep 17 Sep 15 Sep 14 Sep 13 Sep 12 Sep
11 30 Oct 28 Oct 27 Oct 26 Oct 25 Oct 23 Oct 22 Oct 21 Oct 20 Oct 18 Oct 17 Oct 16 Oct 15 Oct 13 Oct 12 Oct 11 Oct 10 Oct
12 27 Nov 25 Nov 24 Nov 23 Nov 22 Nov 20 Nov 19 Nov 18 Nov 17 Nov 15 Nov 14 Nov 13 Nov 12 Nov 10 Nov 9 Nov 8 Nov 7 Nov
13 25 Dec 23 Dec 22 Dec 21 Dec 20 Dec 18 Dec 17 Dec 16 Dec 15 Dec 13 Dec 12 Dec 11 Dec 10 Dec 8 Dec 7 Dec 6 Dec 5 Dec

Note: * = leap year containing 29 Feb (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, etc.)

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External links[edit]

EUROCONTROL:

Countries publishing Electronic AIPs: