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Aerodrome Mapping Database: AMDB


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Clients around the globe use our superior aerodrome mapping databases to efficiently supplement surface navigation in their aerodromes and airports.

These databases contain detailed and accurate spatial information about the aerodrome's layout, features, and structures, helping pilots, air traffic controllers, ground operations staff, and other stakeholders navigate the ground safely and effectively. This includes planning flight paths, taxiing, parking, and coordinating activities on the ground to ensure smooth and safe operations.

Our aerodrome mapping databases’ many features include: 

  • Georeferenced imagery for digitizing key airport features — resulting in location, specific point, line, and polygon vector feature classes
  • The accurate representation of aerodrome characteristics and functions 
  • Enhanced safety and situational awareness 
  • Compliance with multiple industry standards 
  • Real-world consistency to increase familiarity with the aerodrome’s layout and characteristics  

Aerodrome Mapping Database [AMDB]

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Detailed vector layers are like digital blueprints of a specific area. They offer a precise and customizable way to represent geographic features such as runways and terminals on a map. These layers — which are derived from satellite imagery — are crucial in enhancing aerodrome mapping databases.

Detailed attributes are added to vector objects using image interpretation, publicly available airport diagrams, and customer-provided data. This provides additional information beyond the spatial location, allowing users to easily understand how aerodrome features appear and function. 

Detailed vector layers do more than just help plan and coordinate aircraft movements and ground operations; they also help users make better choices, plan emergency procedures, and optimize resources to ensure a safer operating environment.

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Your aerodrome is already great; make it exceptional with L3Harris’ layered, seamlessly integrated aerodrome mapping databases. 


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Vector layers in aerodrome mapping databases are precisely correlated and structured according to their function within the aerodrome. These layers play a critical role in effectively managing and representing the various elements that make up an aerodrome. They are organized into five categories: 

  • Runways
  • Taxiways
  • Aprons
  • Vertical Structures
  • Other Data

This structured approach facilitates better planning, management, and decision-making for safe and efficient aerodrome operations.


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  • Compliant with ICAO industry standards such as RTCA DO-272 / ED-99
  • Products are updated to current specifications and versions as they become available
  • AMDB vector layers are provided in shapefile format
  • Supported layers are also available in AIXM and AMXM schemas

Improve the experience of anyone who spends time at your aerodrome with the best aerodrome mapping databases in the industry.

Our vector data layers represent the aerodrome’s geometry and contain attributes that bring its features and functions to life for easy comprehension. These include unique identifiers, dimensions, surface types, and other pertinent data. 

Multiple user groups can benefit from using our AMDBs, including: 

  •  Pilots 
  • Air traffic controllers
  • Apron controllers 
  • Surface vehicle operators 
  • Construction and maintenance crews 
  • Emergency and security personnel 
  • Commercial and cargo operations personnel 
  • General aviation operations personnel
  • Visual Simulation

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