|Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport will be the first in Europe to implement SWIM. Photo: Eurocontrol
[Avionics Magazine 10-13-2016] Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport, France’s second busiest, will become the first airport in Europe to connect to the Network Manager (NM) using System Wide Information Management (SWIM) interfaces for exchanging flight plan information and sending Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) Departure Information Messages (DPI) to the NM.
Further extending the use of SWIM will help Nice Airport to connect more quickly and cost-effectively with its main partner, France’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) Direction des Services de la Navigation Aerienne (DSNA). Nice airport has a distributed architecture and acts as an information broker for distributing relevant data to the different airport services from a central airport operations database.
To date, most airports and their local ANSPs are exchanging information via the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) network, which is expensive and has its limitations in terms of what can be exchanged. The Pilot Common Projects Regulation foresees the need to implement SWIM-based interfaces, which are enablers for new concepts such as the Airport Operations Plan (AOP) and Network Operations Plan (NOP) integration.