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AIMM Questions and Answers

  1. What is the mission of Aeronautical Information Management Modernization (AIMM)?

    AIMM's mission is to enhance the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System by establishing a single trusted access point of digital Aeronautical Information.
  2. What is Aeronautical Information (AI)?

    AI is an overarching term that describes some of the critical information required for safe operation of the National Airspace System. Examples of AI are the following: Special Activity Airspace, Notices to Airmen, Navigational Aids, obstructions (such as buildings, power transmission lines, cranes), flight procedures, airport configuration, and airports surveying/geographic information system information.
  3. Who uses Aeronautical Information (AI)?

    In general, the following are users of AI: pilots, air traffic controllers, general aviation community, air navigation service providers, flight service stations, airline operations centers/flight operations centers, National Airspace System automation system users, airport operations, and other government agencies and departments such as the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.
  4. What is the timeline for Aeronautical Information Management Modernization (AIMM)?

    See AIMM Timeline (PDF).
  5. What improvements will Aeronautical Information Management Modernization (AIMM) provide?

    AIMM will provide the following improvements:
    • A single trusted access point of digital Aeronautical Information (AI);
    • An extensive and flexible portal, through System Wide Information Management, for requesting and receiving AI and integrated AI products; and
    • Updates with minimal delay between generation of data by producers and receipt by consumers.
  6. What capabilities will Aeronautical Information Management Modernization (AIMM) provide?

    In 2017, AIMM will provide users with capabilities such as searching, filtering, subscribing to, and mapping Aeronautical Information (AI). These capabilities will be available to internal systems as well as external systems. Users also will have a public web portal to search, filter, and retrieve AI.
  7. What type of services will Aeronautical Information Management Modernization (AIMM) support?

    AIMM will provide Aeronautical Information to achieve a common, integrated, and accurate operational picture among National Airspace System (NAS) stakeholders to support:
    • Flight Planning, using spatially referenced Special Activity Airspace and Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) data to file the most efficient trajectory;
    • Real-Time NAS Operations, notifying all stakeholders of a Navigational Aid outage by a NOTAM; and
    • Post-Event Analysis, assessing use of airspace.
  8. What are the Aeronautical Common Services (ACS)?

    ACS is a software system comprised of a set standard web services. The Aeronautical Information Management Modernization, Segment 2 (AIMM S2) program will deliver ACS in 2017. ACS will modernize integration and dissemination of AI, establishing a single trusted source of AI through System Wide Information Management. ACS will be developed using internationally adopted standards and practices including the Aeronautical Information eXchange Model, Service Oriented Architecture, and web service standards. Because of this approach, it will be less costly to maintain and upgrade the new system as well as to connect other systems to AIMM. The 2017 initial deployment includes Special Activity Airspace, Notices to Airmen, Airport, and other supporting Aeronautical Information.

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