ATIEC 2013

August 27 - August 29, 2013

NOAA Science Center and Auditorium
Silver Spring, Maryland

The FIXM development team participated in the 2013 Air Transportation Information Exchange Conference (ATIEC).  This 3-day Conference was sponsored by the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization and EUROCONTROL.  The ATIEC featured the 3 major international exchange models, FIXM, AIXM, and WXXM, and provided a forum for industry leaders, and international air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to discuss the latest advancements regarding the exchange of globally harmonized information that supports air traffic management (ATM).  The conference included multiple presentations on FIXM as well as a "FIXM Geek2Geek" Session (8/28) and a FIXM Breakout Session (8/29).  

Three major presentations were given by FIXM team members to the entire ATIEC audience as well as a series of presentations were given at the FIXM Breakout Session:

2013 ATIEC - Day 1 - FIXM.pdf

These slides were presented by Mr. Rich Jehlen on the first day of ATIEC, August 27, 2012.  This presentation reviews why FIXM is needed, its current development process, and future plans.

2013 ATIEC - Day 2 - Airservices Australia FIXM Experience.pdf

These slides were presented by Dr. Paul Chisholm, Ph.D., on the second day of ATIEC, August 28, 2013.  This presentation details the process Airservices Australia has gone through while implementing FIXM.

2013 ATIEC - Day 2 - Mini Global Demonstration.pdf

These slides were presented by Mr. Thien Ngo on the second day of ATIEC, August 28, 2013.  This presentation outlines the Mini Global ATM demonstration that will utilize FIXM, AIXM, and WXXM to demonstrate the applicability of these three exchange models.

2013 ATIEC - FIXM Breakout - 1) FIXM Introduction.pdf, 2013 ATIEC - FIXM Breakout - 2) FIXM Conceptual Model.pdf, 2013 ATIEC - FIXM Breakout - 3) FIXM Logical Model.pdf, 2013 ATIEC - FIXM Breakout - 4) FIXM Workbench.pdf, 2013 ATIEC - FIXM Breakout - 5) ICATS.pdf, 2013 ATIEC - FIXM Breakout - 6) EUROCONTROL Jumpstart.pdf

This session on August 29, 2013 provided additional information for ATIEC attendees to learn more about FIXM.  The attached files contain the slides presented at the session:

FIXM_v2_Full_Model_Poster.pdf, FIXM_v2 Flight_Package_Poster.pdf, FIXM_v2_Trifold_Brochure.pdf

The FIXM team produced a few handouts and visuals for use at the FIXM booth.  The attached FIXM_v2_Full_Model_Poster.pdf is the large sized poster that includes nearly all of the FIXM v2.0 Logical Model fully mapped out.  FIXM_v2 Flight_Package_Poster.pdf is a smaller handout that just includes the Flight Package of the FIXM v2.0 Logical Model.  FIXM_v2_Trifold_Brochure.pdf is a trifold pamphlet that outlines what FIXM is, what has been accomplished to date, and what will be in future releases of FIXM.

FIXM Governance

FIXM Strategy v1.0.pdf

The FIXM Strategy v1.0 is the first major release of the FIXM Strategy, and was released on March 21, 2014.  This document outlines the strategic objectives for FIXM in order to guide the overall FIXM development.


Preliminary Engineering Analysis Report v1.0a 1Final.pdf

This document presents the results of the preliminary engineering analysis work conducted by the Volpe Center for the FAA’s NextGen Flight Object project. The engineering analysis examines issues relating to designing, developing, and implementing such an approach. The findings in this report are preliminary, and will be updated periodically until a final report is delivered in November 2012

Version 1.0

High-level Architecture v1.pdf

This paper investigates the high-level architecture for the Flight Object. The high-level architecture maps out the overall implementation of the Flight Object across ANSPs, other stakeholders, and their systems. The central issue is how data and services will be allocated to the physical and logical components that together make up the systems that exchange Flight Object data.

Draft, version 1.0


WP544 GUFI.pdf

Presented by EUROCONTROL.

This paper presents an initial analysis of the proposal to introduce an identifier for each flight which should be unique globally. It raises high level issues in the context of early intent information and the difficulties associated with maintaining correlation between this early data, and subsequent update data provided by the airlines along the complete timeline. It makes some recommendations but doesn‘t address in detail the many associated issues, such as flight data submission, which it is recognized will require further discussion.

WP548 GUFI Format.pdf

Presented by FAA.A collaborative effort to establish the Flight Information Exchange Model (FIXM) has been underway for several years. A key component of the flight model is a Globally Unique Flight Identifier (GUFI) that is included on every flight data transaction to unambiguously identify the flight to which the data applies. The purpose of the GUFI is to eliminate problems that have occurred in the past when systems try to accurately correlate data that is received from many other systems. This paper presents a proposal for the format of the GUFI.

WP549 GUFI Requirements.pdf

Presented by FAA.The Flight Information Exchange Model (FIXM) contains the data element GUFI (Globally Unique Flight Identifier). The purpose of the GUFI is to have an identifier that allows any flight data to be easily and accurately correlated with any other flight data. Using the GUFI, all systems can be sure they are referring to the same flight when exchanging data about that flight. This paper presents background information on general issues regarding unique flight identification, such as defining “what is a flight”, and proposes a set of GUFI requirements which can serve as input to the collaborative process defining an internationally accepted GUFI.

GUFI Requirements and Format - v1.0.docx

This paper presents a high level overview of the requirements for the GUFI and for the format of the actual GUFI data element.

Engineering Analysis of the Globally Unique Flight Identifier1 Final.pdf

The report examines data correlation problems in current FAA flight data systems, and previous attempts at improving flight data correlation. The report also explores some alternative approaches to the GUFI.

Paper #1

Engineering Analysis of the Globally Unique Flight Identifier2 Final.pdf

The purpose of this report is to analyze the GUFI construct; that is, the format and content of the GUFI. The report presents some general definitions and goals related to the Flight Object and GUFI, then delves into a detailed exploration of past issues related to flight data correlation. The report then looks at how a GUFI might be used in the future in a Flight Object-based data exchange, and explores some of the alternative decisions that need to be made.

Paper #2

Engineering Analysis of the Globally Unique Flight Identifier3 Final.pdf

The report examines technical issues that are likely to be encountered in the implementation of the GUFI. The report identifies several significant technical issues in the end-state GUFI environment including: what is a unique flight, who generates the GUFI, should GUFIs be used for schedule data, and what type of error processing would be needed. The report provides recommendations and guidelines for each of these issues.

Paper #3



The Information for a Collaborative Environment (ICE) is composed of multiple domains including the Flight and Flow Information for a Collaborative Environment (FF-ICE). This document presents a concept for the FF-ICE to be implemented during the time frame through 2025. The document has been developed with particular attention to the objective of achieving the vision outlined in the Global ATM Operational Concept (ICAO Document 9854), with requirements outlined in the ATM System Requirements Supporting the Global ATM Operational Concept (Manual on ATM System Requirements, ICAO Document 9882). As part of the Service Delivery Management (SDM) ATM component, the ATMRPP has the task of proposing a mechanism to succeed the present-day ICAO flight plan which shall be developed to enable the realization of the Operational Concept. The FF-ICE intends to define information requirements for flow management, flight planning, and trajectory management associated to the ATM operational components.

November 2010

Following the FOIPS delivery, ICOG developed a detailed interface definition based on the FOIPS model and submitted it to EUROCAE WG59 for review and update. The resulting EUROCAE document “ED-133 Flight Object Interoperability Specification” defines the interface between different instances of civilian ATC Flight Data Processing Systems (FDPS), in support of En-route and Terminal ATC Operations.

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The Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) is designed to enable the management and distribution of Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) data in digital format.

WXXM is the proposed standard for the exchange of aeronautical weather information in the context of a net-centric and global interoperable Air Transport System (ATS).

This webpage provides an overview of the ongoing work to define and implement the concept of the Flight Object in Europe.

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Task K D28 - Pacific FDO Demonstration Final Report - FINAL v1.2_0.pdf

This is a report which summarizes the Pacific FDO Demonstration. The demonstration was held on May 23-24, 2012 at the Florida NextGen Test Bed (FTB) located in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The intent of this demonstration was to promote the goal of exercising gate-to-gate scenarios.  These gate-to-gate scenarios included the integration of surface, en route, and oceanic systems along with some newly developed demo applications emulating potential future FO-enabled systems.  The Pacific FDO Demonstration included the active participation of both domestic and international airlines and two international Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP).  The demonstration also introduced the use of live and recorded data into the FTB demonstration environment.  

Task K - Pacific FDO Demonstration Presentation FINAL

This presentation slides provides the overview and agenda of the Pacific Flight Data Object (FDO) Demonstration which was held on May 23-24, 2012 at the Florida NextGen Test Bed (FTB) located in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The attached folder contains FIXM v1.1 XML examples generated from live AFTN flight plans along with an HTML file that links to examples in the XML files as well as the FIXM via FPL document.

FIXM via FPL.pdf

The attached document is titled FIXM via FPL which was presented by Paul Chisholm, Airservices Australia, at the International FIXM Technical Interchange Meeting 1/24/13. This document presents an introduction to the Flight Information Exchange Model (FIXM) by describing the mapping between International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Filed Flight Plan (FPL) messages and FIXM flight objects.

Flight Object Messaging

FO Distribution - FO TIM.ppt

Lockheed Martin has started work on a Distribution / Publishing / Messaging white paper to assist the FAA / SJU in identifying key technical considerations related to the Publication of a FIXM Flight Object. The goal of the paper is to collect input from a team of knowledgable Systems Engineers, worldwide, who can represent majority of FIXM users, and provide the recommended methods(s) for publishing FIXM Flight Object.

Fleet Prioritization

Fleet Prioritization - v 1.0.pdf

Fleet Prioritization is the ability of a flight operator to express the relative priority of the flights in its fleet relative to each other. Many flight operators use proprietary algorithms to determine internal flight priorities. These algorithms may consider a flight’s load factor, how many connecting passengers that flight carries, positioning the aircraft for a more critical flight, pilot and crew availability, hazardous cargo, and aircraft maintenance schedules. Specifying fleet priority is one of several tools the flight operator may use to achieve their business objectives.