Many smaller aerodromes in the UK have an air traffic service called the Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS). The fundamental feature of this service is that Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers (AFISOs) control the movement of all aircraft on the ground within the airfield boundary, but they have NO CONTROL over aircraft in the air. Airborne traffic is managed by means of position reports and pilots' statements of their intentions.
The Club provides training for members wishing to qualify as AFISOs. This is a Club qualification only, but an AFIS qualification can also be obtained with VATSIM. Members should contact the Club's Air Traffic Services Manager via The Forum for further information on these two schemes.
Aerodrome flight information service (AFIS) is the term used to describe the provision of information useful for the safe and efficient conduct of aerodrome traffic at those aerodromes designated for use by international general aviation where the appropriate air traffic services authority determines that the provision of aerodrome control service is not justified, or is not justified on a 24-hour basis.
The correct radio communication phraseology for AFIS controlled aerodromes may be found in the Club's Air Traffic Control Manual and in the UK Civil Aviation Authority's Radio Telephony Manual CAP413. It is important to use this phraseology for clarity and brevity (and in the real aviation world - safety).