AIS AGORA - the aeronautical information forum is a communication tool for the whole aeronautical information community initiated by EUROCONTROL in December 2001. The objective of this service is to improve communication amongst the aeronautical information stakeholders (data originators, AIS, aircraft operators, air traffic controllers, data houses, data packers and other airspace users) with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of aeronautical information.
AIS AGORA is a freely accessible altough a registration is required. It has about 3000 professional members from around the globe representing different units of the aeronautical data chain. Every day numerous messages are posted concerning:
- Planned amendments (#, scope, size etc.);
- Copies of late and advanced publications;
- Problems and corrections to AIPs.
A facilitator ensures that queries in respect to the European region are followed up and that all discussions are conducted in a professional way. In addition, AIS AGORA acts as a portal because it contains information and links to many AIS websites, the AIS Publication postal delivery time tracking tool and other relevant information.
Assistance to FPL originators
EUROCONTROL provides AIS AGORA users with general advice on flight planning in response to queries raised on AIS AGORA:
The Directorate of Network Management is pleased to provide general advice on flight planning in response to queries raised on AIS AGORA by its users.
Users are reminded that specific problem reports and anomalies on the CFMU systems and operations should be addressed according to the relevant procedures as explained in the CFMU Handbook, part "CFMU Operational Problem Reporting".
Flight Plan originators are also strongly encouraged to make use of the IFPS test flight plan facility IFPUV.
The intention of the CFMU is to respond to queries within 2 working days.
It is important to note that the following types of queries will not be dealt with on AIS AGORA:
a) real-time FPL queries (should be addressed to the relevant IFPS Supervisor)
b) queries outside the CFMU area of responsibility (IFPS zone)
Queries will be answered by staff of the CFMU OPS Division Investigation Team who may also be contacted directly.
The main objective is to provide general advice and assistance where the use of a broad forum such as AIS AGORA can assist in providing information to a wide community of stakeholders, hopefully contributing to a simplification of the flight planning process and more consistent flight plan data for all stakeholders in European airspace.