AIM – Aeronautical Information Management

A key aspect of modern air traffic management and airport operations is aeronautical information management (AIM), the flow and management of static and dynamic information, from initial data entry to final publication, in full compliancy with the ICAO mandate for data quality and integrity, and the EUROCONTROL Aeronautical Data Quality (ADQ) requirements (EU reg. 73/2010).

IDS’s AIM solution has been designed as a fully integrated, comprehensive solution for ANSPs (air navigation service providers), airports, civil aviation authorities and other AIM users. Fully compliant with both the ICAO and EUROCONTROL mandates, it provides support to organizations in making the transition from AIS (aeronautical information services) to AIM and ensures that aeronautical data is accurate, high quality, punctual and of a suitable level of detail.

The IDS AIM solution can be deployed as a set of independent modules, using either a single step or a phased approach, which support the different areas of AIS/AIM, such as:

The IDS AIM solution allows the user to automate their aeronautical data management and publication processes, including the configurable production of aeronautical data packages, charts and documents, such as Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP), through an automated rules-driven process. This provides better data distribution in terms of quality and timeliness of both data and products, and to contributes to improved safety, increased efficiency and greater cost-effectiveness of the air navigation system.

Aircraft, either leaving or arriving at an airport need to follow a stringent set of flight procedures. The design of these procedures needs to follow certain regulations such as ICAO PANS-OPS, FAA TERPS and Canadian TP 308, and it is also recommended by ICAO in Doc. 9906 Vol 5 that ground validation is performed as part of the design process.

IDS offers our market leading FPDAM suite for flight procedure design, used by around 60 organizations worldwide as well as our own ICAO recognized teams of procedure designers. IDS also offers a set of simulators to perform ground validation. FPSAT is a virtual simulator for flyability checks and satellite availability analysis while AACS and TBA3D are cockpit and control tower simulators respectively, which provide test bed environments for flight procedure validation, flyability checks and airport operations analysis.

Air traffic utilizes specific areas of airspace, routes and waypoints. These are designed by Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and need to be compliant with PANS-OPS criteria. This means that obstacle protection areas need to be created from terrain and obstacle assessments, and lateral and vertical assessments need to be performed. This can be time consuming and easily be a source of errors if performed manually.

The IDS Airspace Designer solution greatly reduces the time needed to design airspaces and routes and can also improve safety by providing a higher level of data quality and integrity.

Airspace protection and obstacle clearance are vital to ensuring safe airport and aircraft operations. Regulations, procedures and standards exist for determining obstructions to navigable airspace, including the height of buildings, antennas, trees, and other objects in the vicinity of airports. Airports and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are required by ICAO to publish obstacle charts for various scenarios including Enroute Obstacles (Type A), Obstacles Impacting Aerodrome Circling Areas (Type B), and Precision Approach Charts.

The IDS e-TOD Suite is designed to manage airport, terrain and obstacle data, and to aid in the creation and maintenance of obstacle charts, ensuring that data quality and integrity is of the highest level and in compliance with international data quality requirements (ICAO Annex 15, Amendments 33, 34 and 36).

Airports and their surrounding environments contain a lot of electromagnetic radiating equipment as well as many reflecting surfaces. This electromagnetic interference (EMI) can affect the performance of communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) equipment and therefore reduce safety. These effects also need to be taken into account when placing a new NAVAID as incorrect positioning could cause a shadow effect.

IDS’s EMACS provides computerized electromagnetic modeling of both the airport itself as well as the environment around it and can aid in identifying the performance of CNS equipment and also aid in optimizing NAVAID placement.

Users of aeronautical data and information, especially Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), have a need to access and distribute both static and dynamic aeronautical data efficiently and accurately. Prompt and high quality distribution of data contributes to improved safety and increases the efficiency and cost-effectiveness for all users of aeronautical information.

IAS, the IDS AeroDB Suite, lies at the heart of IDS’s AIM solution and provides a powerful infrastructure for structured static and dynamic aeronautical data management, translation and distribution. This is joined by CRONOS, which is dedicated to dynamic aeronautical data management and enables the transition from AIS to AIM. ICE and WePub provide rule driven, automated solutions to the publication of aeronautical charts and aeronautical publications including Integrated Aeronautical Information Packages (IAIPs) respectively. Data workflow, from initial data submission, via data input into the database and then to final publication or use, is managed by PLX, a web-based IDS solution for aeronautical data workflow management. Finally, A-BMS enables providers of air navigation services (ANS) with an evidence-based solution for managing their ANS revenue collection operations.

ANSPs, airports, air forces and meteorological services all need to be able to share information with each other quickly and reliably. To do this, ICAO introduced AMHS (or ATSMHS – Air Traffic Service Message Handling System), which allows data such as flight plans, meteorological data and NOTAMs to be transmitted at high data rates between ground-ground users.

Based on IDS’s extensive experience of the underlying X.400 technologies, Ubimex provides a field tested and proven AMHS solution that is both feature packed and highly reliable.