target version:

AIXM 5.2



last updated:

13 AUG 2020




Add an association from VerticalStructure towards ArrestingGear.

Rationale for change


Arresting devices are considered as obstacles. When “up”, they can have an impact on the performance calculation. AIXM allows encoding arresting gear devices, but does not include an association between this feature and VerticalStructure.

In general, AIXM allows to indicate that a VerticalStructure is actually another aeronautical feature support/building, such as a Navaid, etc. Adding an explicit between ArrestingGear and VerticalStructure would allow to indicate that the two are the same, when the database contains both.

Impact assessment

[FWD_1:1] No data mapping is necessary and no data loss occurs when data is exchanged from a system (A) that uses AIXM 5.1.1 for output towards a system (B) that uses AIXM 5.2 for input.

[BWD_MAP_LOSS] Data mapping is possible, but some data would be lost (or converted into Notes) when data is exchanged from a system (B) that uses AIXM 5.2 for output towards a system (A) that uses AIXM 5.1.1 for input.

Change Proposal details

In the UML model, add a new association as follows

  • VerticalStructure isUsedAs ArrestingGear
    • 0..* on the ArrestingGear side with “arrestingDevice” role name, definition = “The VerticalStructure is an arresting device”;
    • 0..* on the VerticalStructure side.

The change is highlighted (in blue) in the UML class diagram to the right.

Mapping AIXM 5.1.1 to AIXM 5.2 (forward)

Not applicable.

Mapping AIXM 5.2 to AIXM 5.1.1 (backward)

[MAPC-03] From the three options discussed for this mapping case, the first two (drop the association data or use an extension) are straight-forward and are not detailed here. Only the third option (mapping into a note) is detailed here:

  • For each occurrence of VerticalStructure that has an arrestingDevice child element:
    • Add an annotation.Note associated with the <<feature>>VerticalStructure
      • purpose=“OTHER:BACKWARD_MAPPING”;
      • translatedNote.LinguisticNote.note=”arrestingDevice:<value of arrestingDevice@xlink:href>, <value of arrestingDevice@xlink:title>”
    • Remove the arrestingDevice element

Mapping example

(Note: for mapping test data see:

AIXM 5.2AIXM 5.1(.1)


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