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OGC completes airspace info sharing pilot project

US: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced successful completion of the Special Activity Airspace (SAA) Dissemination Pilot. In this pilot project, the OGC provided coordination assistance to the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in support of their Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) goals, to enable the dissemination of SAA definitions and reservation schedules via OGC Web Services and using the Aeronautical Information Exchange Model AIXM 5.1.
Determining when that airspace is safely available for civilian use can be difficult, but providing such information on demand to those who need to know is necessary to help reduce air traffic congestion. FAA is working with industry stakeholders to leverage international standards and evolving digital communication capabilities to increase awareness and predictability of SAA usage.
SAA dissemination involves the access, filtering and graphical portrayal of airspace information, as well as the ability for subscribed users to receive notifications of SAA updates and reservation schedule changes. OGC Web Service standards specify open and widely used geospatial interfaces that support communication of geospatial information in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based systems.
Navin Vembar, Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Acquisition Lead, FAA, opined, “The FAA SAA Dissemination pilot proves that OGC Web Services can be used in concert with domain-specific information exchange standards to satisfy the operational needs of a wide variety of users. The use of the standards means that all of the stakeholders’ costs decrease while the benefits of the communication are realised quickly.”
“The FAA SAA Dissemination pilot has been a valuable first step toward a standard-based aeronautical data infrastructure,” explained Dr. Christian Grothe, Manager Product Development, Lufthansa Systems FlightNav AG. “It has showcased the benefits of integrated aeronautical data services and provided the opportunity to make the required initial investments in re-usable and extensible interfaces that we expect to become more widespread in the aeronautical information domain in the near future. 
OGC pilots are part of OGC’s Interoperability Program, a global, hands-on collaborative prototyping programme designed to rapidly develop, test and deliver proven candidate specifications into OGC’s Specification Program, where they are formalised for public release.