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Snowflake is working with the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to pursue a vision of sharing consolidated and authoritative flight information across the United Arab Emirates Flight Information Region (FIR) and its neighbours. Snowflake will deploy the Laminar Data Platform to manage flight data in compliance with the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) concept for the GCAA SWIM Gateway. Scheduled to be operational in 2018, the SWIM Gateway will receive, validate and publish the most up-to-date flight planning and strategic tactical flow management data, which will provide a platform for information exchange amongst all stakeholders in the region.

“The SWIM Gateway will be one of the many developments that will place the UAE aviation industry in the global arena of seamless Air Traffic Management”

– His Excellency Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of UAE GCAA 


NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control services, handles 2.2 million flights and 220 million passengers in UK airspace each year. Originally collaborating in the 2013 EUROCONTROL SWIM Master Class, Snowflake and NATS developed a prototype to demonstrate how reduced stack holding over London Heathrow could provide both economic and environmental savings. The successful project, now fully operational, uses GO Publisher to publish arrival sequence and temporal information to the adjacent control centres.  Since its original trial in April 2014 it has so far saved 8000 tonnes of CO2 and £1.65 million in airline and ground costs.

“The engineering behind XMAN supports a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has tangible benefits in terms of cost, development time and potential for new services. Snowflake and NATS Engineering teams have developed a strong working relationship since the SWIM Master Class 2013 which has made it possible to overcome the significant challenges of introducing this technology into the operational environment for the first time.”

– David Tomlin, NATS System Engineering Manager

“By utilizing the Laminar Data Platform we were able to deploy the SkyFusion service within months and utilize our expertise in SWIM and data management infrastructure to pioneer improvements in commercial ATM operations on a global scale”

– Lisa Sullivan, Harris Corporation’s General Manager for SkyFusion & Symphony

Airways provides air traffic control and air navigation services across New Zealand’s 30 million square kilometres of airspace, managing more than 1 million air traffic movements each year. Airways wanted to develop a metrics system that would measure operational performance of the air navigation process in order to optimise productivity for their customers and passengers travel experience. GO Loader Aviation is used to publish air navigation data in a standardised form (AIXM) into a database that the metrics system can use.

“I have been watching Snowflake for some time, and following their success in the European SWIM Master Class competitions over the years in areas related to one of Airways real strengths – traffic flow management.” 

– Tim Hughes, Strategic Research Specialist, Airways New Zealand.

Airservices, an Australian government owned organisation, provides the aviation industry with aeronautical data, telecommunications, navigation services and aviation rescue fire fighting services, as well as managing air traffic operations for over 90 million passengers on more than 4 million flights yearly. Airservices had a requirement to provide a flight planning service, and needed to ensure that all aeronautical information used was valid. GO Loader Aviation is used to create a full temporality based AIXM 5.1 database with all tables, indexes and spatial types established to support the full AIXM 5.1 model.

“We’ve been able to vastly reduce the effort required to create the database, as well as the effort required to load the data into the database. As a result our team is able to provide quality analysis of AIXM data, quickly.”

– Paul Chisholm, AirServices