ESRI Helps ICAO Improve Data Management and Workflow for Air Navigation Planning

Aviation Authority Shifts from Static Data to an Interactive Platform for Viewing, Planning, and Reporting Using ArcGIS

Redlands, California — October 15, 2009 — The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is making air navigation safer through more timely access to accurate data. Using ArcGIS Server, a server-based geographic information system (GIS) from ESRI, ICAO is creating a Web-based portal containing various global air navigation charts that can be viewed and accessed over the Internet.

Providing access to the data is particularly beneficial for the planning, monitoring, and analysis of newly planned facilities and services in regional air navigation plans (ANP). Having this information makes it easier for planning and implementation groups to expedite projects in accordance with ICAO priorities.

“Providing this information online greatly facilitates updating and accessing the latest information for ICAO regional offices and other users,” says Gilbert Lasnier, GIS services manager, ICAO.

The system is called the ICAO electronic Air Navigation Plan (eANP) GIS portal and provides access to the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan database. Global air navigation plans that are available include air traffic safety charts, flight information region charts, air traffic management charts, aerodome operations planning, satellite images, regional charts, and many other thematic maps.

A variety of clients can be used to view and manipulate the data including Microsoft Internet Explorer, ESRI ArcGIS Explorer, or any other ArcGIS Desktop client. To begin, a user opens a Web service; selects a region; then views, edits, or analyzes the data. What-if scenarios of new routes and chart traffic information can be created and applied to the data. Users can also fly 3D electronic Terrain and Obstacle Databases (eTOD) in ArcGIS Explorer.

ICAO members, including regional planning and implementation groups, aviation partners, United Nations agencies, civil aviation entities, and ICAO staff, can browse and interact with the data. The public can access the GIS portal through the ICAO Web site.

By implementing ESRI technology in a GIS portal, ICAO will be satisfying both the global and regional demand to replace paper air navigation plans, utilize ANP online viewers, view meteorology reporting, and provide easy access to data. For more information on how ESRI GIS is used for aeronautical charts and maps, visit

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