The European Aeronautical Information Services Database (EAD) is a single, centralised repository of aeronautical information. It enhances quality of aeronautical data by using international standards and rigorous data-checking procedures, including in-depth validation and verification. Two main types of clients use EAD: Data Providers and Data Users.
EAD Data Providers
Data providers use the database to directly maintain and distribute their own aeronautical information. They retain full control of – and intellectual property rights over – the information they input into EAD. Data providers include:
- Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) organisations within Civil Aviation Authorities, Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and military administrations from the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) area; as well as
- designated organisations which maintain data that does not fall under the responsibility of national agencies.
EAD Data Users
Data users consult and download data or aeronautical publications, and generate reports from EAD. Typical data users include:
- Data providers;
- Aircraft operators;
- International organisations;
- Private pilots;
- Commercial users; and
- the general public.