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.

Aerodrome mapping data set

This supporting material is intended to facilitate the provision of aerodrome mapping data encoded in AIXM 5.1.1. The goal is to address AIXM-5.1.1-enabled applications and facilitate data translations with geographic information system (GIS) solutions based on the EUROCAE ED99()/RTCA DO272() and EUROCAE ED119()/RTCA DO 291() AMDB requirements. Harmonised digitalisation of aerodrome mapping data contributes to overall interoperability in the context of system-wide-information-management-enabled (SWIM-enabled) applications and the deployment of digital information services.

ADQ implementation in States

In 2016, the Implementation of EU Regulation 73/2010 (ADQ) was facing significant implementation difficulties resulting in non-compliance. The main issue was linked with multiple and diverse regulated parties, most notably Data Originators. Particularly those outside the aviation domain were lacking knowledge on the ADQ-IR. This coordinated approach enabled all regulated parties to obtain consistent understanding on the provisions including the relevant means of compliance.

This task facilitated de-centralised awareness events by offering them to all regulated parties within interested States. In total, eight INEA ADQ Implementation events were successfully delivered by the end of 2019, gathering overall some 400 participants.

The main deliverables customised 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 programme, list of participants, summaries per focus topics and additional material (typically ca. 20 pages);
    • Part 2: All slides presented, shared with participants via the hosting organisation, serving as reference book (typically 150-190 pages).