What is AIMM?
AIMM will deliver modern, integrated digital Aeronautical Information (AI) to the National Airspace System (NAS). AIMM's mission is to enhance the safety and efficiency of the NAS by establishing a single trusted access point of digital AI. Instead of using antiquated, point-to-point, application-specific data interfaces, AIMM will use internationally adopted open standards, bringing AI into the FAA's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) via System Wide Information Management (SWIM) compliant services and infrastructure. As a result, AI will transition into the relevant, timely, commonly understandable information promised by NextGen. As FAA shifts to smarter, satellite-based, and digital technologies, new procedures will make air travel safer, predictable and environmentally friendly.
AIMM: What It Does
As an infrastructure program, AIMM provides integrated digital information by two methods:
- Integration of external and legacy systems: AIMM will establish an interface for users outside of FAA NAS systems to relay AI via the public Internet. This web portal will become a "One Stop Shop" for external aviation operations personnel to obtain needed AI.
- An external web internet portal: AIMM will establish functional two-way data exchanges with other systems using SOA principles. This will allow NAS users to subscribe to AI by establishing a connection between their systems and AIMM data distribution systems.
Because it will increase capacity and efficiency within NAS, AIMM is a critical part of NextGen. It will transform the current AI environment into a flexible, dynamic, and timely component of how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) manages NAS assets, such as Special Airspace Activities, Notices to Airmen, and Airport Information.
Benefits of AIMM
AIMM will offer greater access, integrity, and extensibility of AI systems to NAS users. It will connect more efficiently and reliably with AI legacy systems while providing more access and quicker processing of operationally essential aeronautical data and information.
Also, AIMM will help us reduce the cost of agency operations. We can execute AI management efforts in the near future without having to invest in aging, expensive infrastructure. AIMM is an excellent example of how we can responsibly invest taxpayers' dollars to benefit today's economy while we develop tomorrow's technology.
AIMM will utilize a segmented approach to these infrastructure enhancements to get critical capabilities implemented earlier and reduce overall risk as shown below:
Charts and Paper
- AI is alphanumeric - charts, paper products, PDFs
- Proprietary data structures
- Proprietary exchange protocols
Complex System Architecture
- Not enterprise
- Point to point
AIMM/SWIM Segment 1
Welcome to the internet age!
- Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and Special Use Airspace (SUA) were digitized
Arrival of the Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM)
- SUA and NOTAM data were standardized
- Some data exchange standards were introduced
Integrated System Architecture
- Non-enterprise system architecture
- Hub and spoke/distributed hardware solutions
AIMM Segment 2
- Digitize majority of the AI
- Improve standardization and integration of data for users
- External users adapt quickly to the benefits of richer and integrated presentation of data
NAVLean (Navigation Lean) Enabler Standardized AI
- Implements internationally recognized data standards
- Implement Open Geospatial Consortium(OGC) and SWIM service standards
- Distributed through SWIM Infrastructure
AIMM Segment 3
- NAS internal consumers adapt to the benefits of richer and integrated presentation of data
- Common operating picture with consistent view of AI across NAS
Internationally Harmonized AI Standards across NAS
- Realize benefits of common data and exchange protocol standards across the NAS
Common Support Services for NAS Users
- SWIM connectivity to NAS automation