Abu Dhabi Airports receives UAE's first AFIS certification

Abu Dhabi Airports receives UAE's first AFIS certification
Sir Bani Yas Island Airport is located 250km from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Published: 13 August 2017 - 1:49 a.m.
By: Jochebed Menon

Abu Dhabi Airports (ADAC) has been awarded the UAE’s first Aerodrome Flight Information Services (AFIS) certification from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), for Sir Bani Yas Airport.

AFIS is provided at airfields where flight information is required, but where the aircraft traffic does not warrant having a full air traffic control service.

AFIS can provide information to pilots about other known traffic that is landing, taking off, or flying in the vicinity of the airfield, as well as relevant meteorological information and status of the runway. Based upon information received from AFIS, the pilot will determine how best to safely operate the flight.

Saif Al Suwaidi, director general, GCAA said: “The Aerodrome Flight Information Service regulations are the first in this region, and in fact amongst the first in the world. Thus the issue of a certificate for this service is a new concept, and it has taken a great deal of preparation in order to achieve the high standard necessary for the approval to be awarded.

“Abu Dhabi Airports and GAL Air Navigation Services are to be congratulated for their accomplishment as the first unit in the region to receive this ground-breaking certification”.

To achieve certification Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers (AFISOs) had to be trained to GCAA standards, new AFIS procedures were introduced, a watch tower built, and technical equipment, including communication and recording systems, installed. 

ADAC successfully obtained the certification after upgrading the service provided by the previous radio operator service.


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