How is it made?
The GPS AeroData database contains three different types of data:
- Customized data
The first two are generated from the European AIS Database (EAD) and the third is added by the GPS AeroData team. These types of data are explained below in more detail. The next step in the process is to filter the data based on relevancy for gliding. Finally, the database is encrypted and converted to the cub-format. And then the database is ready for download by pilots and installation in various systems.
In addition to the seven ICAO airspace classifications there are numerous types of airspace; each with its own specific restrictions and requirements. The applicable rules and regulations in these airspaces may vary per country or region, resulting in a long list of airspaces in the GPS AeroData database. The list of airspaces can be viewed here.
There are more than 180 types of NOTAMs. Many of these are not relevant for gliding and are therefore filtered out to avoid an overload of data and cluttering of displays. Further filtering can be done by the pilot in the system or software used. The list of included and excluded NOTAM-types in the GPS AeroData database can be viewed here.
At many locations special arrangements have been made between national or local aero clubs and the responsible authorities to accommodate gliding. A wide variety of procedures and regulations for this have been implemented throughout Europe. Some are applicable to local pilots only and some to all pilots. The GPS AeroData team can add arrangements to the database based on a number of conditions and requirements.
Pilots are requested to report special arrangements in detail to the GPS AeroData team using the contact form on this website. The documentation and charts regarding these arrangements are very welcome as well.