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March 11th, 2009
ESRI GIS Provides Improved Support for eTOD Implementation

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ESRI, the leading provider of geographic information system (GIS)
technology, announces that its Production Line Tool Set (PLTS) for
ArcGIS—Aeronautical Solution (Aeronautical Solution) now enables
aviation organizations to populate Electronic Terrain and Obstacle
databases (eTOD). This enhancement will make it easier for
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) participating states
to capture and manage obstacle and terrain data necessary for aviation
maps and charts, as required by ICAO.

Aviation organizations have a critical requirement for reliable data and cost-effective workflows.   “A major challenge to the aviation community has been identifying obstacle and terrain collection surface areas and storing the data with the correct requirements,” says Michael Gayheart, Aeronautical Solution product manager, ESRI. “Aeronautical Solution makes it possible to do these tasks efficiently and provide accurate data.”

Aeronautical Solution is an extension to ESRI ArcGIS that allows civil and military agencies, commercial airlines, and chart producers to effectively manage aeronautical information and produce high-quality charts. Organizations’ ability to integrate eTOD into their GIS workflows means they can provide significant safety benefits for international aviation, because the obstacle and terrain data is accurate and up-to-date.

Aeronautical Solution works as an extension to organizations’ Aeronautical Information Systems (AIS), allowing agencies to integrate the software easily into current production workflows. A Task Assistant is provided for defining obstacle and terrain collection surface areas. The Task Assistant workflow consists of step-by-step instructions to create eTOD surface areas and is intended for those not familiar with GIS.

For more information, please read the white paper entitled PLTS for ArcGIS—Aeronautical Solution: Implementing eTOD in the AIS Data Model. Go to to view or download the white paper.  To learn more about Aeronautical Solution and how it is ideally suited for civil and military aeronautical agencies, commercial airlines, and commercial chart producers, visit, contact your local ESRI reseller, or call ESRI directly at 1-800-447-9778. Users outside the United States should contact their ESRI international distributor (

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