The FAA’s Aircraft Access to System Wide Information Management (AAtS) initiative is in its evolutionary stages of requirements and standards development. Its goal is to provide aircraft connectivity to the FAA’s SWIM infrastructure to communicate/share aviation data and services. This connectivity will establish a common operating picture between the flight deck and air traffic control for collaborative strategic decision-making. Distribution of the vast amount of operational information (such as AI, MET and ATM) needed to support the safe movement of aircraft during all phases of flight in the National Airspace System (NAS) will increase capacity, efficiency, and result in more timely departures and arrivals.
Similarly, there are a number of aviation standards in development by a variety of industry groups and committees (i.e., the RTCA Special Committee 206 (SC-206), Aircraft/Ground Information Exchange/Manager Air-Ground Interface Communications (AGIE/MAGIC), and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards) that are also pursuing the development of requirements and standards to leverage ground based aviation related information and data networking technology to support the operation of aircraft.
Thus, the FAA and industry are moving towards consensus that electronic distribution of operational data and technical information will increase the NAS/airline productivity and efficiency and deliver a more positive passenger experience both domestically and internationally. However, there is a need to encourage harmonization of all of these efforts since the aforementioned aviation committees also represent global interests.
This projects puts forward a plan whereby the differences in requirements/standards undertaken by SC-206, AGIE/MAGIC and OGC can be identified and harmonized for both domestic and international interests. The goal is to set a framework for recommending and testing a harmonized architecture between all 3 concepts, requirements and standards.