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ArcGIS for Aviation
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ArcGIS for Aviation supports the Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP).
Developer(s) Esri
Initial release June 2005
Stable release 10.2.1 / Dec 2013
Operating system Windows
Development status Active
Type GIS
License Proprietary
Website ArcGIS for Aviation product page]

ArcGIS for Aviation is part of Esri’s ArcGIS Solutions which supports users in the aeronautical information management, air navigation service provider, and airport markets. It is a complete solution allowing organizations to manage aviation data, products, services, workflows, and quality management.

The primary objective of ArcGIS for Aviation is to efficiently manage aviation information, products, and integrated workflows to generate navigational products compliant with standards.

ArcGIS for Aviation comprises of ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting and ArcGIS for Aviation: Airports. Together, these products provide a comprehensive geospatial platform for aeronautical chart production and airport operations data management.

ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting

ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting (previously Esri Aeronautical Solution) provides a true GIS-based platform to manage aeronautical data and rapidly produce high-quality charts that adhere to industry- and organization-specific requirements. With ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting, civil and military agencies, commercial airlines, airports, and chart producers can create, maintain, and use standard aeronautical products based on the latest digital data.

ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting can:[1]

  • Reduce chart production time by managing and generating aeronautical charts from a central database-driven system.
  • Produce charts to your cartographic specifications from the database, including International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-compliant charts.
  • Support custom requests.
  • Share data within the aeronautical community using the Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM).
  • Enhance data quality through the direct loading of digital changes and automated change-verification workflow management.

ArcGIS for Aviation: Airports

ArcGIS for Aviation: Airports assists airports and their consultants in managing, performing quality control, and analyzing their airport data for regulatory compliance such as the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airports GIS program, EUROCONTROL's Aeronautical Data Quality (ADQ), and ICAO's Electronic Terrain and Obstacle Data (eTOD) requirements. The product provides a complete GIS platform including tools, templates, and workflows that introduce efficiencies and new capabilities into the planning, maintenance, and day-to-day operations of airports.

ArcGIS for Aviation: Airports can:[2]

  • Use preconfigured map templates available as-is or easily customize them to an airport's specific requirements.
  • Automate data validation using preconfigured checks developed from FAA's AC 150/5300-18 specification.
  • Simplify the editing environment with preconfigured data editing templates.
  • Easily create, visualize, and analyze FAA Part 77, AC 150/5300-18, and ICAO Annex 14 & 15 Obstruction Identification Surfaces.
  • Automate the export of Airports GIS data to AC 150/5300-18 compliant shapefiles for submission to FAA.

Features of ArcGIS Aviation

ArcGIS for Aviation is to efficiently manage aviation information, products, and integrated workflows to generate navigational product compliant with standards. It focuses on four main sections; data, product, workflow and quality management.

Managing Data

Data management is the development and execution of architectures, policies, practices and procedures in order to manage the information lifecycle needs of an enterprise in an effective manner. ArcGIS for Aviation accomplishes this by:[3]

  • Managing aviation information in a central geodatabase and produces multiple products in an enterprise environment.
  • Accessing, managing, and sharing datasets securely in an enterprise environment that provides accessibility and scalability for multiple users.
  • Using a logically designed aviation data model to organize features, attributes, metadata, symbology rules, labeling properties, and data integrity checks in a geodatabase.
  • Configuring data with a partner extension (Data Interoperability).
  • Sharing data using the Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM).
  • Using the same data for traditional products, products on demand, 3D visualization, and other Web services.
  • Using a suite of sophisticated tools in addition to a comprehensive suite of GIS tools provided with ArcGIS for Desktop is used for editing, visualizing (cartography), and analyzing information.
  • Creating and editing data from mathematically based tools that create features based on inputs such as airspace.
  • Archiving and retrieving historical changes to features.
  • A set of customized editing tools to streamline aviation data-editing operations that are reflected on all related products.

Managing Products

Aviation products that are usually created include International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-compliant charts, standard instrument departure charts, instrument approach charts, enroute charts, and visual flight rule charts (visual approach charts or sectionals). ArcGIS for Aviation manages these products by:[3]

  • Creating, maintaining, and updating aeronautical charts with database-driven symbology, grids, labels, attribute rules, and map surround elements.
  • Visualizing, analyzing, and disseminating tools to increase production efficiency in an enterprise environment.
  • Configuring tools that help manage layers added to the chart and rules to define symbology and text.
  • Viewing, editing, organizing, and storing products within a product library.
  • Export, publish, and archive electronic and cartographic aviation products.
  • Integrating the data editing and product finishing environments in a single application with multiple views on information.
  • Working in conjunction with other ArcGIS products to enhance the visualization and reporting experience.

Managing Workflows

Workflow management is crucial to managing the flow of information and keeping track of the status of jobs, data updates, and chart production. Workflows manage all components to perform and monitor work efficiently by standardizing processes, centralizing knowledge, and organizing tasks and people. ArcGIS for Aviation does this by:[3]

  • Authoring workflows that match business processes to guide staff with different skills through step-by-step instructions.
  • The ability to keep a detailed history log of tasks.
  • Enabling resources at production and management levels to assign, monitor, and follow predefined workflows.
  • Providing a desktop or Web-based solution (Workflow Manager) for deploying and receiving assignments to resources.
  • Developing customized workflows that can be shared among users with different permission levels and access points.
  • Tracking and archiving feature modifications across multiple databases by multiple personnel.
  • Centrally managing and tracking units of work with simplified and standardized workflows.

Managing Quality

With ArcGIS for Aviation, data integrity is verified with native spatial or attribute and topological data validation within a GIS environment (Data Reviewer) before it is committed to the database.[3]

See Also


  1. ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting. ESRI Product Page. Accessed 14 Feb 2014
  2. ArcGIS for Aviation: Airports. ESRI Product Page. Accessed 14 Feb 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 What is ArcGIS for Aviation?. ArcGIS Resources. Accessed 14 Feb 2014

External Links

ArcGIS for Aviation

ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting

ArcGIS for Aviation: Airports

ArcGIS for Aviation Communities

ArcGIS Help 10.2