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

In the context of SWIM, the responsibility of data digitalization is in the hands of the data originators. This improves the integrity and the efficiency of the process. This requires the provision of tools/services that support the data originators in this process whilst also aligning to the SWIM Standards used in the context of the PCP.

Based on the Digital NOTAM Event Specification, the toolkit will provide airport side encoding rules for specific events, such as runway closures, airspace activations, navaid outages etc, thereby filling an existing gap. In addition the toolkit will work on airport mapping, terrain and obstacle reference data which are needed in the context of SWIM enabled applications such as the Digital NOTAM and which will be used in the context of downstream and related airport SWIM enabled applications (e.g. AMDB context). 

The project will provide a set of documented tools demonstrators that enable airport operators of the PCP airports list:

  • to provide Digital NOTAM pre-encoded data;
  • to manage underlying aeronautical airport data and data products, including the airport mapping, terrain and obstacle aspect;
  • to perform SWIM data transformations (e.g. between AMDB and Digital NOTAM format).
Guidance on Aeronautical Digital Data Management Processes and Procedures

The shift in responsibilities in the data chain, where the originators 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 described today.

The current 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.

Updated guidelines are needed to describe the procedures and actions to be undertaken to manage aeronautical information and data for the purpose of a digital AIS provision in the SWIM environment. The guidance will recognize the new roles and responsibilities in the digital aeronautical data change in the context of SWIM, and serve as a baseline for AIS/AIM stakeholders in establishing quality assured processes in operations.

The project will provide guidance on Aeronautical Digital Data Management Processes and Procedures with required actions within the digital data chain, for origination, receipt, storage and provision of digital aeronautical data through SWIM enabled services.

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 will provide guidance on digital obstacle and terrain data provision.

ADQ implementation in States

The Implementation of EU Regulation 73/2010 (ADQ) is being progressed by European (SES) States, however, those are 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. There is a need for a coordinated approach to ensure that all regulated parties would achieve consistent understanding on the provisions incl. relevant means of compliance. The underlying requirement has been requested by the ADQ regulators working group.