Essential ArcGIS Aviation Airports vocabulary

Available with Aviation Airports license.

Aeronautical Data Quality (ADQ)

Refers to the European Commission-adopted Regulation EC 73/2010 on January 26, 2010, laying down requirements on the quality of aeronautical data and aeronautical information for a single European sky. The overall objective of this rule is to achieve aeronautical information of sufficient quality, accuracy, timeliness, and granularity as a key enabler of the European Air Traffic Management (ATM) Network.

Aerodrome Mapping Database (AMDB)

An AMDB is a geographic information system (GIS) database of an airport describing the following:

  • The spatial layout of an airport
  • The geometry of features (for example, runways, taxiways, buildings) described as points, lines, and polygons
  • Further information characterizing the features and their functions, which are stored as attributes (for example, surface type, name/object identifier, and runway slope)

The following standards describing the structure of AMDBs were developed by RTCA and EUROCAE:

  • RTCA DO-272A/EUROCAE ED-99D: User Requirements for Aerodrome Mapping Information
  • RTCA DO-291/EUROCAE ED-119: Interchange Standards for Terrain, Obstacle, and Aerodrome Mapping Data

Electronic Terrain and Obstacle Data (eTOD)

Electronic Terrain and Obstacle Data consists of four coverage areas around any airport, collected according to specific numerical requirements for each area and stored in a geodatabase with ICAO-defined attributes. All ICAO-participating states must have electronic terrain and obstacle data.