Our sky is a very busy place. In Europe alone there are up to 33,000 flights a day creating a management challenge for existing Aeronautical Information System (AIS) specialists across 49 countries. In the United States, the FAA estimates that increasing congestion in the air transportation system, if un-addressed, would cost the American economy $22 billion annually in lost economic activity by 2022.
System Wide Information Management
To increase capacity and improve aviation safety a complete reform of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) architecture is required. At the heart of this reform is System Wide Information Management (SWIM). SWIM breaks from the current ‘silo’ approach of standalone systems for each ATM function and moves towards a ‘net-centric’ approach where data is exchanged between systems in a vendor agnostic and interoperable manner based on open standards.
AIXM, WXXM, FIXM and beyond
Both SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research), backed by the European Commission and EUROCONTROL, and the Federal Aviation Administration NextGen programme are looking at improving the management and distribution of aeronautical, flight and weather information in digital form through exchange models based on open standards, including:
- Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM),
- Flight Information Exchange Model (FIXM)
- Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM).
But replacing your existing ATM systems in the move towards SWIM is costly, disruptive and time consuming. It could take years and it’s a big operational risk. Wouldn’t it be a lot easier and more cost effective to wrap your existing system with SWIM? Then you could share AIXM, WXXM and FIXM without the need for a big bang change.
Our SWIM Solution
Here at Snowflake our software products GO Loader and GO Publisher are that SWIM ‘wrapper’, enabling you to implement SWIM and exchange ATM data from your existing system.
With GO Publisher, you are able to configure a ‘Schema Mapping’ from your existing database to any chosen target exchange model. With GO Loader you are able to perform the reverse, configure a ‘Schema Mapping’ from any given Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) exchange model into your database - AIXM, WXXM, IWXXM (AvXML), FIXM, or any other future exchange model and extension. And all via a desktop tool.
With the mapping complete it’s a just to single push of a button to deploy SWIM enabled web services that exchange any type of ATM data. From start to finish we’re talking just hours and days of configuration, rather than months and years of custom software engineering project.