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AIXM 5.1 - Data sources (XML)

Last modified by EDUARD POROSNICU on 2015/04/28 10:09

The purpose of this page is to make available sample AIXM 5.1 data and also to provide links towards external AIXM 5 data sources.

If there are other data sources that you consider useful to announce here, please send an e-mail to and we will do the necessary! 

[Live] European AIS Database (EAD)

Starting with Release 9 (November 2014), EAD can provide data in AIXM 5.1 format. This data is the result of automatic conversion of the EAD/SDO AIXM 4.5 data and therefore it is limited to the current AIXM 4.5 scope and data encoding possibilities. A minimum data set (points, navaids, routes, airports, runways, airspace, etc.) is available for world-wide. For the area of fully migrated States, a larger data set is available.

The AIXM 5.1 data is directly available to all EAD Data Users who have signed the EAD User Agreement.

Sample AIXM 5.1 exports can be made available on request for evaluation purpose. The provision of such sample data requires the signature of a Test AIXM 5.1 Data User Agreement (free of charge). Please contact EAD (guido.haesevoets @ for further details.

[Live] Eurocontrol NM/CACD B2B service

The Eurocontrol Network Manager B2B service provides Airspace, Route, Navaids, Designated Points, AirportHeliport data coded in AIXM 5.1 from the CACD database. If you want to have further information about this service, please use this  request for information form. If you would like to get access to this service, please fill in the request for NM services form

[Live] FAA (USA) NAS-R data

The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) web site makes available a part of the 56 Day NASR Subscription Files in AIXM 5.1 format. This includes airport, route, navaid and other data. The home page gives access to the data for the current data and also to past data sets.

[Live] FAA (USA) Airport mapping data

Airport mapping data sets for some major airports are available in AIXM 5.1 format (and also in .shp format) on the following Web site:

[Live] AENA (Spain) Obstacle Data

AENA is currently publishing the Area 1 and the AD obstacle data sets in digital format. One of these formats is AIXM 5.1, see the files available on their  AIS Web site Warning: The AENA AIXM 5.1 obstacle files are invalid against the AIXM 5.1 schema, due to a number of minor issues. These issues are known to AENA and will be solved soon. 

[Live] LGS (Latvia) Obstacle Data

Latvia obstacle data in AIXM 5.1 format are available operationally. Please contact LGS Latvia for details, by e-mail to

[Sample] Latvia (LGS)

For demo purpose only, not to be used operationally!

A sample AIXM 5.1 data set, provided by AIS Latvia (LGS). Includes procedures at AD EVRA (Riga), airspace and obstacle data in Riga FIR. Last updated 05 Aug 2012.

[Sample] Thales and DSNA/SIA (France)

For demonstration purpose only. Not for operational use!

A sample AIXM5.1 data set provided by Thales and DSNA/SIA containing French aerodromes and French runways.
The data provided are issued from operational AIXM 4.5 data (coming from the French AIM system NOPIA) converted to AIXM 5.1 by Thales AIXM5 database TopSky-AIXM. Eurocontrol rules for AIXM4.5 to AIXM 5.1 mapping have been applied in the conversion process. The data are also currently used in various SESAR projects.

[Sample] skyguide (Switzerland) Data

For demonstration purpose only. Not for operational use! 

This zip file provided by skyguide contains sample AIXM 5.1 data for the features listed in this table. The file was updated in November 2013 an it now includes SID, STAR and Instrument Approach Procedure data, as visible on this chart: sample procedures.

Disclaimer: This sample data, provided by skyguide, is only intended for testing purposes. In no case this sample data may be used for operational use. skyguide does not provide any direct or implied warranty as to the correctness, completeness and/or comprehensiveness of the sample data and shall not be held liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental and/or consequential damages, personal injury, death or any loss caused by the use of this sample data."

[Sample] ESRI (old DAFIF Data)

For demonstration purpose only. Not for operational use! 

This zip file provided by Esri┬┐s ArcGIS for Aviation Solution contains sample AIXM 5.1 data for a very large number of AirportHeliport records. The file was generated with the ArcGIS for Data Interoperability extension for 10.2, using as source the last publicly available DAFIF data set of 2006. Therefore, the data is obviously not up-to-date. However, it might be interesting for those who are looking for a very large data set, the equivalent of all airports world-wide. For further details, please contact Sean Grant, ESRI (sgrant @

[Example] Feature by feature

This section contains very simple examples - encodings of individual features

File Description 
[feature] AirportHeliport Extracted from the Donlon data set, just the EADH Heliport
[feature] OrganisationAuhtority 
[feature] VerticalStructure  A building with flag mast on the top, encoded as an obstacle with two parts - a polygon and a point
[feature] Airspace A simple CTR with a circular border
[data set] Airspace with GeoBorder A more complex Airspace example, including references to State borders
[feature] RuleProcedure Example of "custom requirements" encoded as XHTML
work in progress

[Example] Digital NOTAM Examples

These XML encoding examples correspond to the event examples included in the Digital NOTAM Event Specification version 2.0 (draft), which will be rolled-out starting in May 2014. Differences as compared with the previous version (Event Specification 1.0) concern especially the NOTAM text generation rules, which have been aligned with the NOTAM Templates document.

File Description 
[SAA.ACT] TRA EAR23 activeActivation of a Temporary Reserved Area (TRA)
[SAA.ACT] TOWNSVILLE R736AB activeActivation of a Restricted area, with a daily activation schedule
[SAA.ACT] EBD04 ActivityActivation of a danger area, but which changes the nature of the area - it becomes prohibited for certain flights.
[SAA.ACT] EGD128 active above normal levelActivation of a Danger area above its normal (baseline) upper limit.
[SAA.ACT] LFD186 changed activityActivation of a Danger area, with a schedule
[ATSA.ACT] CTR Deauville activationActivation of a CTR area
[ATSA.ACT] CTR New Brive Souillac de-activationDe-activation of a CTR area
[ATSA.ACT] EICM CTR active with scheduleActivation of a CTR with a different schedule as compared to the Baseline data
[SAA.NEW] Restricted area North of Sjaellands Odde Ad-hoc restricted area with polygon geometry and schedule
[SAA.NEW] Danger Area due to SAR activity Ad-hoc danger area with circle geometry and extensive annotations
[SAA.NEW] Danger Area within RAPTOR ATCAA Ad-hoc danger area with polygon geometry, high altitude
[SAA.NEW] Aerobatics at Pferdsfeld.xml Ad-hoc navigation warning with circle geometry
[ATSA.NEW] Temporary class A airspace excluding Heathrow CTRAd-hoc class A airspace - circle geometry, excluding a portion located within a CTR airspace
[RTE.CLS] CDR 1 closureTemporary closure of a conditional route segment
[RTE.CLS] ATS route portion closure Temporary closure of a series of route segments, with a common schedule
[RTE.OPN] CDR 2 temporary availability Temporary availability of a conditional route segment
[AD.CLS] AD closed for all traffic Temporary full closure
[AD.CLS] AD closed with scheduleTemporary closed airport during night
[AD.CLS] AD closed except for special flightsTemporary closure except certain flights and combinations with aircraft type
[RWY.CLS] Runway closed both directions A complete runway closure
[RWY.CLS] Runway closed with schedule except emergency A partial runway closure, except for aircraft having declared an emergency situation and hospital flights
work in progress

[Example] Donlon data set

The "Donlon" data set provides fictitious data about a fictitious airport and its surrounding airspace, located somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic. It is derived from the similar content of the ICAO AIP Template (Doc 8126), complemented with additional data items (such as Runway/Taxiway Elements), to make it more realistic as AIXM data set.

In order to facilitate the maintenance process and to allow all interested parties to contribute, the Donlon data set is now maintained as an open project on GitHub, under the following location:

[Example] Create your own example with Excel and XSLT!

Here you will find a simple tool (Excel based) that can help you create ad-hoc examples of an AIXM 5.1 features. Please pay attention that this is not intended for operational use. Just for creating examples of AIXM 5.1 encoded data for Airspace and Obstacles (other features might be added in future, if there is interest from the AIXM community). Please use the AIXM Forum if wish to provide feedback or to suggest improvements.

Obstacles (VerticalStructure)

Please download and unzip in a local folder the Excel for Vertical Structure(with macros) file. Then follow the embedded instructions (see the Word file) for the generating AIXM 5.1 samples of vertical structure data. The generation works in a single step, directly from Excel (2010 or later).


Please download and unzip in a local folder the Excel for Airspace (with macros) file. It works similar to the generation for VerticalStructure data, see the instructions embedded in that file. The generation is now in a single step, directly from Excel (2010 or later).

Created by EDUARD POROSNICU on 2010/04/08 13:50

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