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With the advent of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) require improved infrastructure for validation, maintenance and publication of static aeronautical data such as airspaces and airways in a workflow that ensures data integrity. Airspace Designer (AD) integrates all these requirements and criteria in a flexible workflow that provides automatic data construction in a production environment.

Airspace Designer uses a project workspace concept allowing the user to separately manage different projects by archiving and historically addressing different working environments. The user can define the structured data set for each project (work space name, effective date, bounding box, etc.). Airspace Designer can also reference a non structured data set related to the project (FPDAM DGN, DTM, RASTER, projects notes).

Airspace Designer Project Management

Airspace Designer allows:

    • Airspace and Route design and planning through protection areas and buffered calculations (configurable by the user) in accordance with ICAO requirements.
    • 3D visualization using internal 3D viewer and Google Earth visualization.

Google_Earth Route View

    • Vertical and lateral analysis between airspaces, airways and procedures is possible by using additional (configurable) buffers and filters on types and identifiers of the input data.

Airspace Separation Analysis

  • Continuous Descent Oprations (CDO) implementation analysis is available, through Continuous Descent Altitude (CDA) or Continuous Descent Fix Altitude (CDFA).

Descent Profile

Airspace Designer also transfers project data to a different status where all the aeronautical projects (Flight Procedure Design and Airspace/Route design) will be checked:

  • Each single status change is notified by an automatic e-mail.
  • AD can easily perform the impact analysis for each aeronautical features change.
  • AD is fully able to automatically generate warnings.


    • Conventional/RNAV route design.

Route Design

    • Create/Modify/Delete Airspaces and routes/airways using geodesic calculations.
    • Apply magnetic variation/declination to waypoints and routes/airways during the design.
    • Create/Modify/Delete segments (geodesic and rhumbline) and geodesic fixes (Cross, Track, Radial, Perpendicular Fix from point given b&d) using the geodesic calculator.

Geodesic Construction

    • Check airway drawing protection areas (PANS-OPS, Annex 11) and obstacle assessment performance against man-made obstructions; terrain/orography; spatial query calculation; interaction between airway and prohibited (P), restricted (R) and dangerous (D) airspaces.

Protection Areas

    • AD is fully able to design and assess sectors & corridors.

Airspace Construction

    • Enhanced tools to refine and validate airspace design proposals.
    • Active analysis of airspace structures including route network.
    • Comprehensive airspace layout/config evolution time-line.
    • Airspace modeling capability based on spatial impact analysis.
    • Refined data modeling based on AIXM (both 4.5 and 5.1).
    • Civil/military co-operation utilities.
    • NOTAM proposal & FUA (Flexible Use of Airspace) tools.
    • Inter-departmental and multi-country shared projects.


    • Meteo fore & broad-casting.
    • Aeronautical WMS/WFS/WCS connections.


  • Spatial analysis (attribute query, spatial query).
  • Automatic AIXM coding for airspaces, routes, waypoints and navaids.
  • Based on Geomedia Object and Oracle Workspace technology.
  • Airspace Coordination Units oriented.

Airspace Designer is also fully compliant with the latest ICAO requirements in terms of SW validation as stated in the ICAO Doc. 9906 Vol III and EU 552/2004.

Time saving:

  • Data loading for design purposes, from all possible accountable sources (including free sources on the internet as well as from certified data originators), does not require any conversion.
  • Airspace Designer (AD) comes with free terrain files already loaded for the whole world. Additional terrain files with higher resolution/accuracy can be added in multiple formats.


  • Each AD release is provided along with full Quality Assurance documentation in accordance with the ICAO 9906 Vol. III requirements.
  • The analysis done by AD in terms of lateral and vertical separation between airspace structures (routes/airways and airspaces) is driven by default (but configurable) rules and calculations derived from the reference criteria.


  • AD is the only airspace design system fully integrated in a complete AIS/AIM suite. The connection to AIXM databases for aeronautical data management, data dissemination, publishing and charting is ensured with no additional cost to the customer.
  • Full integration within the IDS suite of products enables the EUROCONTROL Aeronautical Data Quality (ADQ) mandate to be respected. The full design process, as stated in ICAO 9906, can be defined and all input and output data for each single step are tracked by PLX.
  • The user can define via PLX the amount of attributes added by the designer/CNS department (activation hours, services, etc) prior to acceptance by the AIS department.
  • The GIS interface improves spatial awareness and allows data to be loaded from any standard format.

Regular updates:

  • AD is continually updated ensuring that all calculations are in accordance with current criteria and applicable annexes and changes.


  • Allows the design and management of temporal airspaces (de-bombing, temporary segregated airspace - TSA, parachuting activities, etc) and allows coordination between civil and military agencies for planning the emission of NOTAMS.
  • Default airspace geometries can be loaded very quickly in order to speed-up the design activity.
  • NOTAMs can be automatically generated from the design environment.

Airspace Coordination

SIM (Scenario Information Management)

  • Automatically build scenarios containing ATS data including airspace/routes and FPDAM flight plans to be used in fast time simulation tools such as RAAMS, TAAMS and AirTOp.
  • All the data for fast time analysis can be exported from the design environment in just a few seconds.