With the publication of Advisory Circular 150/5300-18B, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established a comprehensive digital data standard and roadmap forming the basis of what is called the FAA Airport Surveying - GIS Program (Airports GIS). Airports GIS will allow the FAA to establish more agile communication and coordination with airports as well as to facilitate better decision making using consistent and accurate data that has been verified through a rigorous quality assurance process. Additionally, Airports GIS is a key enabler for the Next Generation National Air Transportation System, often referred to as NextGen.
U.S. airports face challenges in submitting quality data that complies with regulations without the need for rework. The Esri Aeronautical Solutionmdash;Airports GIS Package provides a complete GIS platform enabling airports to leverage their GIS data using tools, templates, and workflows specifically developed to support Airports GIS. In addition, Airports GIS data and the Esri Aeronautical Solution are powerful tools for airports, introducing efficiencies and new capabilities into their planning, maintenance, and day-to-day operations.
Although developed to support FAA requirements, the Airports GIS Package provides a suite of tools and capabilities that represent best practices for airports both in the US and internationally. International airports and their consultants will find the Airports GIS Package provides robust data quality and management capabilities supporting other standards such as ICAO’s Annex 14 and the Aeronautical Data Quality (ADQ) requirements adopted by the European Commission in 2010.