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Numerical values

Vertical limits are typically encoded in AIXM as a pair of two attributes:

  • a "...Limit" attribute, which includes the value and its unit of measurement (as an "uom" attribute) with the list of values: UomDistanceVerticalType;
  • a "...LimitReference" attribute, which indicates what reference system is used for the vertical limit value. It uses the following list of values: CodeVerticalReferenceType;

The following consistency rules between the uom value and the reference value shall be observed when encoding the data:

ReferenceReference MeaningPossible uom values
SFCHeight (above surface)FT, M
MSLElevation (above mean sea level)FT, M
W84Ellipsoidal height (above the WGS 84 Ellipsoid) - currently not used for aeronautical operationsFT, M
STDPressure difference expressed as an equivalent vertical distanceFT, SM
OTHER: MY_VALUEExact meaning depends on what "MY_VALUE" saysFT, M

Coded values (GND, UNL, etc.)

In addition to numerical values, the "...Limit" attributes can use four coded values:

  • GND - meaning "from surface";
  • UNL - meaning "unlimited";
  • FLOOR - meaning "from the bottom of the airspace/route, whatever that one is";
  • CEILING - meaning "to the top of the airspace/route, whatever that one is"
  • The values FLOOR and CEILING may be used only in AirspaceLayer, in relation with AirspaceActivation, AirspaceLayerClass, RouteAvailability).

As the unit of measurement attribute is mandatory in AIXM for all “...Limit” attributes, the following values are recommended when encoding the data:

Coded Valueuom (mandatory)

The "...Reference" attribute shall be left empty in this situation. However, even if another uom is used or even if the "...Reference" attribute gets a value, they should be ignored by a recipient application because they do not have any meaning in combination with these coded values.

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