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Automatic FLIght Plan management tool

European Union
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Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€403 680
EU Contribution
€302 760
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,
Environmental/Emissions aspects,
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS

The FLIP project aimed at developing and validating a Flight Management System (FMS) test bench compatible set of tools able to provide and consult actual airlines flight plans databases, and to inject into such FMS equipment under test specific flight plans representative of the dedicated robustness scenario to be validated. This work participated in the maturation of the green functions of the FMS which allowed an optimisation of the flight trajectories in view for example of reducing the fuel consumption and noise nuisance generated by the aircraft.

To do so, an extensive specification work was undertaken to define the tools and the overall system architecture. This task was followed by the development in parallel of several tools: a FIXM compliant database and its associated update process, a user-friendly Human-Machine Interface HMI, and a core-business module managing the communication (AOC A702 and industrial protocols) between the FMS test bench, the database and the HMI. Finally, integration and validation tests with the Topic Manager were carried out to ensure that the software modules met the requirements specified.

The consortium brought its expertise in big software application development - efficient management of a database with a large number of instances, multi-criteria queries in the database, batch processing, GUI design and graphical displays - and in aeronautical data management technology like WXXM/AIXM/FIXM thanks to participation in SESAR, OGC and Clean Sky projects.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
JTI-CS - Joint Technology Initiatives - Clean Sky
Other Programme
JTI-CS-2013-2-SGO-03-025 Automatic flight plan management tool for integration in bench for avionics equipment validation


Executive Summary:

This project aimed at developing and validating a Flight Management System (FMS) bench compatible tool able to provide and consult an actual airlines flight plan database as well as to inject into the FMS equipment under test specific plans representative of the dedicated robustness scenario to be validated. The implementation consists in two parts: a populated flight plan database and a software tool allowing the users and the test bench to interact with the database.

The database constituted for this project had to contain representative traffic to and from US as well as to and from EU, including transatlantic flights. Due to its state-of-the-art status, the Flight Information Exchange Model (FIXM) had been chosen to represent individual flight plans. It was an interoperable, XML-based exchange model capturing Flight and Flow information that is globally standardised.

Flight Plans archives are generally not publicly available. That is why we had to establish a partnership with two data providers to build up the database. FOXS provided us with a large panel of North American flight plans, while Eurocontrol made available European flight plans.

Since all flight plan data and aircraft data were provided as XML files in a file structure, the choice of a Native XML DBMS had been made. This technologic choice was much more straightforward than the choice of a Relational DBMS, which would have implied to design data models matching FIXM data elements. It was also much more flexible since Native XML DBMS were able to store data in any XML format.

The second part of the implementation consisted of a software application. It was an automatic flight data management tool, tightly integrated with the FMS test bench. This tool enabled the users:

  • to administrate and to consult the flight plan database;
  • to handle, visualise and inject dedicated flight plans selected for their representativeness of each validation scenario required to test the green FMS functions’ robustness.

FLIP software was written in JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS using the application runtime environment node-webkit, which was based on WebKit (the layout engine component of Chromium) and node.js.


Lead Organisation
Orme Sarl
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€202 260
Partner Organisations
Atmosphere Systemes Et Services Sarl
Avenue De L Europe 14, 31520 Ramonville Saint Agne, France
EU Contribution
€100 500


Technology Theme
Aircraft operations and safety
Trajectory Based Flight Operations
Development phase

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