EAD is the world’s largest Aeronautical Information System (AIS), a centralised reference database of quality-assured aeronautical information and, simultaneously, a fully integrated, state-of-the-art AIS solution.
EAD allows national aeronautical information providers – including AIS organisations from civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers and military administrations in the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) area – to enter and maintain their data in a central repository. EAD enables data users – such as aircraft operators, private pilots and the general public – to retrieve and download AIS data from the system in real-time.
It offers instant access, no matter where you are in the world, to the most up-to-date digital aeronautical information from the ECAC area, NOTAM (Notices to Airmen) and Pre-flight Information Bulletins (PIBs) from around the world. EAD is a single source for your aeronautical data needs. It is a safer, faster, standardized, more accurate and cost-effective solution than previous non-harmonized methods of AIS data collection and delivery, and it increases the availability and accessibility of AIS information.
The EAD is owned by EUROCONTROL on behalf of its Member States. GroupEAD operates the EAD Data Operations and training on behalf of EUROCONTROL on a 24/7 Service Provision.
The current EAD contract has shown to have saved users more than €60 million since it was introduced. Over the last 10 years, 46 States and ANSPs have decided to migrate to the full use of the EAD and have benefitted from the cost reductions associated with it.