GE Aviation Supports Transition to Aeronautical Information Management

Digital terrain, obstacle and airport mapping data meet ICAO requirements

- Kent, WA USA Madrid, Spain

GE Aviation supports the industry’s transition from Aeronautical Information Services to Aeronautical Information Management (AIS to AIM) by offering high resolution, electronic terrain and obstacle data (eTOD) and airport mapping databases (AMDBs). These data sets help air navigation services providers meet ICAO Annex 15 Chapter 10, which calls for high accuracy, electronic terrain and obstacle data around aerodromes for air navigation applications by November 2015. GE Aviation is showcasing the products at the World ATM Congress this week in Madrid at booth #1104.

The industry is moving from paper to a digital aeronautical information system to support data interoperability, Performance-based Navigation networks and other airspace modernization efforts,” said Dottie Hall, product leader for GE Aviation’s Aeronautical Information Management Services. “GE‘s investment in providing fully traceable, highly accurate Area 2 eTOD and AMDBs will help accelerate future airspace concepts.”

The AMDBs are highly accurate renditions of the spatial layout of the airport, including features such as runways, taxiways, aprons, gates and parking positions. GE Aviation’s AMDBs are more than just a digital airport map, they include important information characterizing individual features and functions of the airport layout in Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) format that most current digital airport moving maps lack, preventing interactivity.

GE Aviation’s ICAO-compliant AMDBs and ICAO Area 2 A, B and C eTOD are rendered from DigitalGlobe’s (formerly GeoEye) high resolution imaging satellites, and built to industry standards. The fully traceable data will support safety initiatives, improved system efficiency, digital notices to airmen (NOTAM) and system-wide information management (SWIM).

GE Aviation’s Air Traffic Optimization unit provides airlines, air navigation service providers and airports with services to make the way we fly more efficient. With Performance-based Navigation design and consulting, high-resolution, digital airport maps, electronic terrain and obstacle data and airline-based flow management products, GE Aviation is building the foundation to support air traffic modernization.

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