ESRI launches PLTS for ArcGIS-Aeronautical Solution

ESRI launches PLTS for ArcGIS-Aeronautical Solution

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California, USA, 31 May 2007: ESRI has announced the availability of Production Line Tool Set (PLTS) for ArcGIS-Aeronautical Solution, tools and functionality to manage aeronautical information and produce database driven charts.

This new version of the software supports the aeronautical information exchange model (AIXM), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

ESRI’s PLTS Aeronautical Solution combines data management tools, database models, aeronautical symbols and styles, cartographic utilities, and workflow management components, enabling a streamlined information centric production environment. PLTS is completely database driven and the features on multiple charts or products exist as one collection of objects in the database instead of stand-alone graphics.

The software is configured to support the U.S. defense specifications for Enroute and Area Arrival Charts Depicting Terrain Data (AACDTD) as well as AIXM-based Eurocontrol charts.

New functionality includes:

  • Specific tools to aid in editing complex geodesic aeronautical information such as airspace and distance-direction calculations.
  • Support for ICAO Annex 4 defined charts including all the necessary symbology and tools supporting data-driven chart elements. ESRI provides sample chart templates for many ICAO charts.
  • A new AIXM-based data model and interoperability support to AIXM version 4.5, allowing for data feeds and exports in AIXM format.
  • Support for ESRI Map Production System-Atlas (MPS-Atlas), allowing for rapid creation and easy maintenance of map books.

    The PLTS solution is built on ESRI’s ArcGIS providing a service­oriented architecture(SOA) framework and server capability. The open system is extendable to interoperate with Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) tools/Procedures for Air Navigation Services Aircraft Operations (PANSOPS) and Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) applications.