SWIM Program Overview

What is SWIM?

The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program is a National Airspace System (NAS)-wide information system that supports Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) goals.

SWIM facilitates the data sharing requirements for NextGen, providing the digital data-sharing backbone of NextGen. SWIM enables increased common situational awareness and improved NAS agility to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. This information-sharing platform offers a single point of access for aviation data, with producers of data publishing it once and users accessing the information they need through a single connection.

SWIM is the Digital Data-Sharing backbone of NextGen.


In the past, the state of the art for connecting two systems required a fixed network connection and custom, point-to-point, application-level data interfaces. Current National Airspace System (NAS) operations depend upon these legacy information systems with some systems entirely unconnected. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified a need to reduce the high degree of interdependence among systems and move away from the proliferation of unique, point-to-point application interfaces.

In 2007, the FAA established the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program to implement a set of Information Technology principles in the NAS and provide users with relevant and commonly understandable information.

SWIM provides access to aviation information through a single connection.

SWIM Mission

We standardize, enhance and optimize the secure exchange of relevant information, data and services to enable operations for the aviation community. 

    SWIM Vision

SWIM will drive the future of aviation by revolutionizing information services to enable operational excellence and innovation.



Last updated: Friday, April 19, 2024