AIM Toolkit

Aeronautical information management toolkit

All airspace users need to have access to accurate and timely aeronautical data and information delivered in a harmonised way from providers across Europe. To help ensure this, at EUROCONTROL we are developing practical guidance for European AIS/AIM stakeholders on:

  • the provision of aerodrome mapping data within the context of SWIM,
  • electronic terrain and obstacle data

These materials will ensure a harmonised and coordinated deployment implementation by all European States AIS/AIM services. Our project will contribute to defined OIs and improve the dialogue between the various European stakeholders involved in the collection and provision of these data.


The project consists of four parts:

Digital Aeronautical Data Toolkit for Airports

The objective of the Airport Data Toolkit is to demonstrate collaborative workflows based on digital data sharing, using information services to support information exchange and SWIM enabled applications. It consists of the following items:

  • provision of the Digital Event & NOTAM Origination Tool (DENOT),
  • development of the supporting Airport Information as a Service (AIaaS) environment, and
  • the running and maintenance of the Airport Data Toolkit for a one year pre-operational testing phase period.
Guidance on Aeronautical Digital Data Management Processes and Procedures

The shift in responsibilities in the data chain, where the originator of the information takes on a new role as provider of digital data, including the data quality aspects, requires an update of current AIS data processes as well as the static data procedures as known previously.

The well-known division between static and dynamic aeronautical and data management with separate processes disappears. With the implementation of the digital NOTAM process static and dynamic data management for NOTAM creation is integrated, and maintenance of static data sets, current AIS procedures and processes in managing aeronautical information and data will change.

The updated Guidelines, available both in pdf and online interactive version, reflect the latest advancement in automation and focus on a data-centric AIS/AIM environment, covering data origination activities through to the AIS/AIM making aeronautical information products/services available, at the same time ensuring that the quality of the data is achieved and maintained through the application of a data assurance process.

Guidance for electronic obstacle and terrain data provision

The terrain and obstacles datasets are the first digital datasets required to be provided by the States in accordance with the ICAO SARPS. The existing guidance material supporting States’ implementation and provision of these datasets requires amplification with additional European guidance for obstacle data collection specifications, data product specifications, generic national TOD policy/regulatory framework, dataset provision procedures, reference datasets, guidance covering cross-border issues.

The project provides guidance on digital obstacle and terrain data provision.

ADQ implementation in States

The Implementation of EU Regulation 73/2010 (ADQ) is facing significant implementation difficulties resulting in non-compliance. One key issue is linked with diverse and manifold regulated parties, notably Data Originators, who lack consistent ADQ understanding, hence lack implementation commitment. This called for a coordinated approach to ensure that all regulated parties would achieve consistent understanding on the provisions including the relevant means of compliance.

This Task was to enable stakeholder compliance through de-centralised awareness events covering all regulated parties within States. Eight INEA ADQ Implementation events were successfully delivered by the end of 2019 gathering overall some 400 participants.

The main deliverables for each event were:

  • INEA ADQ Implementation Workshop
  • Event Book provided in two parts:
    • Part 1: written report providing an overview on the main implementation issues, key topics discussed, high-level recommendations, summary of the outcome plus several Annexes providing the programme, list of participants, summaries per focus topics and specific additional material if needed (typically 20 pages);
    • Part 2: All slides presented/discussed, shared with all participants via the hosting organisation, serving as work reference (typically 150-190 pages).