FAA open data

FAA opens data to spur innovation

Like many agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration wants to take advantage of private sector innovation to spur development of new applications and services -- in this case, ones that can ultimately advance general aviation.

The External Data Access initiative, announced by FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker April 8, seeks to improve the public’s access to certified FAA data on airports, navigation aids, obstacles, holding patterns, approaches and temporary flight restrictions. 

“[O]ur goal is to help industry be in a position to create innovative products and technologies that improve safety and efficiency,” Whitaker said to a group of general aviation manufacturers in Lakeland, Fla., when he introduced the program.

In the first phase, the FAA will release data from the aeronautical domain, such as that used to create charts.  Follow-on phases will open data from other FAA domains such as safety and flight. 

Those interested in participating can take a survey indicating the types of aeronautical data they like to receive as part of the External Data Access initiative.

About the Author

Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.


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