Moving Airport GIS Data Beyond FAA Standards

Blog Post created by GISGPSMan on Jul 18, 2014

Bringing A-GIS (Airport GIS Data) Into Daily Airport Operations

Tools-Icon-01NextGen is requiring Airports to provide more robust, integrated and accurate GIS data sets (A-GIS) that will be used to develop new approach procedures, conduct obstruction analyses, update airport diagrams, support eNOTAMS, etc.  What’s more is that the FAA is providing grants to airports updating their ALPs enabling those to meet FAA Advisory Circular 150/5300-18B and helping produce eALPs.  This is all in an effort for the FAA to advance A-GIS.  Why?  The FAA understands that GIS will enable airports to make better, more informed decisions and in the long run (among other things), reduce costs to both airports and carriers.  So if the FAA believes in this technology, why are so many airports meeting the standards imposed by the FAA without realizing the benefits of a GIS?

I’m not saying that all airports aren’t reaping the benefits of GIS.  We have all seen large airports like Phoenix-Sky Harbor International whose multi-staffed GIS department is providing added value to their daily operations. What I’m discussing is the lack of understanding of the ease at which airports can implement and use GIS applications.  Did you know that airports like Baton Rouge Metropolitan, Gulfport-Biloxi International, and Truckee-Tahoe Regional (small to medium sized airports without large budgets) are advancing their A-GIS forward and utilizing their GIS as the platform for daily operations and communications?  Whether they are usingArcGIS for Server technology and/or ArcGIS Online Services with third party cloud services, these airports are leveraging budget-friendly and focused airport GIS apps developed by GEO-Jobe to extend the reach and usability of their GIS data.

Airport GIS Data

“Your Airport GIS data is not a collectors toy you leave in the package” (Click to Tweet). Which is why  GEO-Jobe has developed six focused airport application packagesspecifically designed for airport office staff, airport operations, and travelers/public to help maximize the potential of an airports GIS.  These packages are composed of multiple apps that were designed to address very specific needs of airports, making them extremely easy-to-use and implement.

GEO-Jobe Provides Six App Packages for Airports:

Airport Essentials Package is comprised of both in-office and mobile applications that are essential to airport operations.  Airport Essentials Mobile allows personnel with smartphones and tablets to access airport information on the go.  Airport Essentials Office is designed to provide in-office users with easy access to GIS information that can support informed decision making throughout the day.

Document Management Package is comprised of in-office applications that streamline document management activities.  docSTARprovides document management solutions that increase productivity, add value and accelerate business processes.  MapSearch for docSTARallows users to search for documents based on geographic locations they’ve been associated with.

Noise Mitigation Package is comprised of both in-office and public applications that support noise mitigation projects at airports.  TheProject Tracking Dashboard allows users to search for and analyze project data.  The Project Status App facilitates information distribution to external stakeholders and creates project transparency.

Airport Information Package is comprised of both internal and external applications that facilitate communicating airport information to the public.  The Airport Information Collector allows personnel with smartphones and tablets to collect and update information on the go.  Airport Information Apps provide the public with focused information to ensure their informed about services and current projects within the airport and include Terminal, Construction,and Closures information.

Part 139 Inspection Package is comprised of both in-office and mobile applications that are designed to assist airports with Part 139 compliance.  Part 139 Inspection Mobile provides field staff with a single point for inspection creation, dispatch and completion.  Part 139 Inspection Dashboard is designed to provide in-office users with focused inspection information for monitoring activities throughout the day.

Rapid Notification Package is comprised of secure applications that support airport safety operations.  W.A.R.N. Mass Notify is a powerful, quick and cost-efficient public notification system for contacting thousands of home, work and cell phones each minute.  W.A.R.N. GISallows users to geographically define areas and quickly spawn precise mass emergency notifications.

Extending the reach of your GIS data is not as difficult or expensive as many in the industry have assumed.  As technology leaders such asEsri are redefining the accessibility and sharability of data through GIS platforms such as ArcGIS Online, airports are finding new and innovative applications to fulfill their needs through the technology across their organizations.  What are your thoughts on the status of the airport industry and how it is aligning itself with the FAA’s goals for A-GIS?