Flight information management

Helping standardise and improve the identification and gate-to-gate description of a flight's movement and phases.

Flight information is data that describes the gate-to-gate operation of aircraft during pre-flight, flight execution and post-flight. It powers trajectory-based operations (TBO) such as the exchange, maintenance and use of consistent aircraft trajectory and flight information for collaborative decision-making.

Our work on flight information management includes:

  • defining the ICAO Flight and Flow Information for a Collaborative Environment (FF-ICE) concept and;
  • developing related technical enablers, including the Flight Information Exchange Model (FIXM);
  • supporting the deployment of PCP iSWIM through the INEA SWIM Common Component project;
  • validating European research and development projects as active contributors to the SESAR 2020 programme; providing operational SWIM services for flights in the  Initial Flight Plan Processing System( IFPS) area;
  • deploying operational services implementing the PCP iSWIM flight information exchanges and FF-ICE concepts.

Flight and flow information for collaborative environment

EUROCONTROL is a main contributor to the development of the ICAO Flight and Flow Information for Collaborative Environment (FF-ICE) concept for flight information-sharing via SWIM.

FF-ICE illustrates information for flow management, flight planning, and trajectory management associated to the ATM operational components.

A key technical enabler for the implementation of FF-ICE exchanges over SWIM is FIXM, the Flight Information Exchange Model, which provides a globally standardised representation of the flight information exchanged by FF-ICE actors.

Support to the deployment of PCP/ISWIM flight information exchanges

The Pilot Common Project (PCP)/ISWIM Flight information exchanges, according to the SWIM Yellow Profile, concern information sharing between airspace users and ATM service providers, mostly during the planning phase. They map to a great extent to the ICAO FF-ICE/1 flight information exchanges, which are enabled by FIXM.

Through the INEA - funded SWIM Common Components project, EUROCONTROL also contributes to the development of FIXM in order to ensure that FIXM, as one of the key enablers of FF-ICE, also qualifies for a suitable industry standard enabling PCP/ISWIM flight information exchanges using the SWIM Yellow profile. Several activities are carried out by EUROCONTROL in order to achieve full alignment between the FIXM components developed under the supervision of the ICAO Air Traffic Management Requirements and Performance Panel (ATMRPP) and the standardisation materials for PCP / ISWIM.

These activities include:

  • the development and maintenance of the report establishing the semantic correspondences between the AIRM and FIXM 4.0.0 onwards;
  • the promotion of necessary changes to FIXM and/or AIRM in order to achieve greater semantic alignment;
  • support for accommodating regional requirements from PCP into the FIXM framework, as appropriate; EUROCONTROL reports on a regular basis on the progress of these tasks to the SESAR Deployment Manager; 

EUROCONTROL reports on a regular basis on the progress of these tasks to the SESAR Deployment Manager.

Promoting European R&D inputs to FF-ICE/FIXM

Among the various SESAR 2020 projects that will address flight information exchanges, the SESAR 2020 Project 18 - 4D Trajectory Management (PJ 18) is specifically tasked to support the future development of FF-ICE and FIXM at a global level.

PJ18 is expected to deliver validated inputs to FF-ICE/FIXM for aspects related to the planning phase, i.e. applicable to FF-ICE/1 onwards. PJ 18 also includes a contribution to FIXM for aspects related to the execution phase. It will therefore help pave the way for early support of FF-ICE Step 2 concepts in the medium to long term.

EUROCONTROL supports the coordination between SESAR PJ18 and FF-ICE & FIXM projects in order to facilitate the promotion of the applicable European R&D inputs from SESAR 2020 at the global level.