Did you know? Obstacle dataset ≠ AIP ENR 5.4 + AD 2.10. Intrigued?

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You may have heard of eTOD (electronic Terrain and Obstacle Data) and mistakenly thought it’s a single dataset. Spoiler alert: it isn’t. Like you don’t put 🧅oignons in your fruit salad, you don’t mix obstacles and terrain: they are different data formats.

🥣Obstacle areas

Yes, this dataset only has 1 ingredient and the bowl to contain it. To make it more interesting, PANS-AIM defines mandatory attributes:
✅Elevation (highest point, AMSL)
✅Type (antenna, building…)
✅Lighting details
…including some attributes not in the AIP:
✨For mobile obstacles, “feature operations” (why it is mobile)
✨Sprinkled with metadata (stay tuned for more about this!)

The only optional attribute is the height (AGL). We dare to say this should be mandatory because:
👉It is mandatory in ENR 5.4 and AD 2.10
👉This dataset doesn’t include terrain elevation, so one cannot compute the height
👉Height is useful to pilots
👉and is needed to produce eCharts
👉Annex 4 recommends to show obstacles height
What do you think?

🍜Enjoy your Obstacles datasoup! Does your AIS publish an Obstacles dataset? Is it Annex 15-compliant? Tell us in a comment.💬

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