Below is a document issued in March 1939, a monthly supplement to the AIP. It appears to be a forerunner of the AIS proper. Its a great browse. Some airfields are there and still around like Shoreham and Benbecula but some of this is like browsing a book on old steam era country railway branchlines. What tales might the aerodrome control officer at Grimsby have to tell, what excitement broke the calm at Horsey Toll, Sollas or Harwich water aerodrome?
and here is the May 1938 issue – great stuff on Manchester Barton and Woodford and surprisingly Baldonnel in the Irish Republic.
I’m grateful to Barry Davidson for the names below
Above, International Civil and Military NOTAM office, AIS Pinner.
Left to Right: Dave MacMillan, Trevor Benwell (standing), Dave Humphries (with back to map), May Jenkins and the Senior Briefing Officer Ken Irwin (standing with phone on right).
In the forefront that is John Latham Mgr AIS ex RAF pilot ex KK controller and next to him is Ken Irwin SBO
Pointing at map is Briefing Officer i/c UKAIP Jack Ryan and 2nd from left is Anne Humphreys Clerical Officer.
Above, Wally Fitch (ATCA1), Training Officer at the AIS Training Centre, Pinner teaching a student class.
The three photos below are at AIS Central Office at Pinner and show the preparation of pre-flight information Bulletins
at far end is Eric Baxter AIS Training Officer and later Mayor of Spelthorne.
the two photos below are the AIS Briefing Office at Gatwick
AIS somewhere (Pinner?) 1977
we know noting about the photo above except it was in an envelope with AIS pictures.
The AIS mobile briefing office used at air shows and fly ins etc.
5th from left is John Latham Mgr AIS and standing next to him is John Webster Briefing Officer
Jack Ryan sitting. John Webster standing.
next three photos from Barry Davidson
AIS18 AIS caravan at Bristol Balloon Festival 1990s
Barry has also sent in some examples of Aeronautical Information Circulars from the 1970s. Of note to ATC perhaps is the AIC advising of the trial of the LARS.
examples of PIBs 1979/80
and two more AICs