Catalogue description Ministry of Aviation and successors: Aeronautical Information Service: Aerodrome Information, Registered Files (EZ/B Series)

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Details of AVIA 75
Reference: AVIA 75
Title: Ministry of Aviation and successors: Aeronautical Information Service: Aerodrome Information, Registered Files (EZ/B Series)

This series comprises files containing information relating to specific aerodromes in the British Isles.

Information was distributed by means of a formal briefing service and by such publications as the Air Pilot and Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS).

The registered files in this series were raised in the Ministry of Aviation, although a few files contain papers originating in the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, and comprise a selection relating to well-known airports.

The papers mainly concern the issue of NOTAMS and of amendments to Air Pilot.

AVIA 75/1-33 were transferred from DR 4/273-305

Date: 1957-1972
Related material:

Earlier files of the AIS can be found in pieces 55-71 of

BT 249

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: EZ/B file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Board of Trade, Civil Aviation Department, 1966-1970

Civil Aviation Authority, 1972-

Department of Trade and Industry, Aeronautical Information Service, 1970-1972

Ministry of Aviation, Aeronautical Information Service, 1959-1967

Ministry of Supply, Aeronautical Information Service, 1957-1959

Physical description: 33 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure
Administrative / biographical background:

The Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) formed part of the Aviation Control and Navigation Operations Directorate (ANCO) of the Ministry of Aviation and its functions were to collect, record and distribute information on aerodromes, telecommunications facilities and navigational hazards, and to formulate ensuing procedures and regulations in the United Kingdom. It also provided briefs and follow-up action on overseas aeronautical information from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The AIS was transferred to the Board of Trade in January 1967, and subsequently to the Department of Trade and Industry in 1970 and the Civil Aviation Authority in 1972

In 1963, the AIS became part of the new Directorate of Control (Operations) which transferred intact to the Board of Trade (Controllerate of National Air Traffic Control Services) in 1967.

When the Civil Aviation Authority was formed in 1972, the AIS became part of its National Air Traffic Services (NATS), with a headquarters located at Control Tower Building, London Heathrow Airport. Under NATS, the functions were formally stated:

  • to collect, collate, edit and disseminate aeronautical information necessary for the safety and efficiency of air navigation to interested parties, including the air traffic control service, aircrew, airline operators and other aviation organisations;
  • to receive post-flight information.

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