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Obstacle Data

Aeronautical Information Services has provided greater public access to obstacle information by adding the obstacle information contained within the Digital Obstacle File (DOF) to the existing Aeronautical Data Delivery Service (ADDS). The ADDS site provides the functionality to filter by attributes and save in industry standard formats. Information is also available as a service. The information contained within 56-day release of the DOF will be available starting October 10, 2018 at http://adds-faa.opendata.arcgis.com/
NOTE: Energy Information Administration Documents
If you are looking for DOF file numbers to use in Energy Information Administration documents, please contact EIA Team Lead Glenn McGrath.

Introduction

The Obstacles Team investigates and evaluates existing obstacles that may be hazardous to safe flight navigation. We receive obstacle data from a variety of sources both inside and outside the FAA. After determining proof of a completed structure by receiving supporting documentation and performing all necessary verification checks, the team assigns an accuracy code to the obstacle and enters it into the Obstacle Authoritative Source (OAS) as verified.

News

10/10/18 Addition of 56 Day DOF to ADDS.

1/30/18 New Daily Digital FIle CSV Format available.

6/19/18 DOF Data check elimination.

Products

  • Daily Digital Obstacle File (DDOF): This zipped .dat file provides the latest obstacle information in our database (same as the DOF below), and is updated daily.
  • Daily Change File: This .dat file provides all DDOF changes. Internet Explorer users: When you right-click and the "Save As" window appears, IE changes the file extension to .htm for some reason. The workaround is to manually change the .htm to .dat before clicking on "Save."
  • The Digital Obstacle File (DOF): This database contains all known man-made obstructions that penetrate Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 77 within the U.S. and its territories. It also contains known obstacles within the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and the Pacific. It is prepared and posted on this website every 56 days and it includes the latitude and longitude, structure type, height above ground, height above sea level, lighting, marking, accuracy code, and other associated information.
  • Weekly Construction Notices: These publications include obstacles that were added, modified, or dismantled during the prior week. They are NO LONGER in the National Flight Data Digest (NFDD).

The Obstacles Team is dedicated to providing our customers with accurate and timely obstacle data that is critical for a safe and efficient National Airspace System. We are actively evaluating and investing in new technologies to make our data more accurate and accessible.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Obstacle Data.

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