ARINC 424 Connector for FME

Air Navigation Data in Your App

ARINC 424 is the industry standard for the exchange of flight navigation data. Our ARINC 424 Connector will enable you to interpret and incorporate this information directly into your application, your database, or your web service. Plugging in to FME, we can write out to over 450 data formats, or stream to innumerable web services.

ARINC 424 Format Explained

ARINC 424 is a text-based format that encodes data into a fixed-width field containing 132 characters. Each row is segmented into a primary key portion, and a record portion. Subsequent records for an entity are called continuation records, and there are both standard and extended record specifications supporting fields and their properties.

ARINC 424 uses the path-terminator concept to capture lines and areas without explicitly storing all edges or boundaries. The format leverages coded lists, along with designated points to indicate the beginning or end points of line or boundary segments, and the path type to reach the segment from a previous segment.

ARINC 424 Geometry Types

Designated Points

Extract and visualize aeronautical infrastructure features such as NDB and VHF navigation aids, enroute and terminal waypoints, airports and runways.

Procedures & Airways

Leverage the leg coding for procedures and airways to generate geographic objects for each leg segment that can be visualized in a GIS or charting product.


Airspace are the 3-dimensional volumes of regulated airspaces. Visualize these as either 2D horizontal extents, or as 3D volumes based upon the lower and upper limit values for each airspace part.


FME Desktop
FME Server

Reading: Yes
Writing: Yes

File Extension: (*.prc)
ARINC Version(s): 14, 15, 16, 18, 20

Operating Systems

Windows 32-bit & 64-bit
Linux 32-bit & 64-bit
Mac OS X
(Maverick, Yosemite, El Capitan)

Refer to FME technical specifications for specific OS version support.

Popular Outputs

AIXM 4.5 (XML)
AIXM 5.1 (XML)
Esri File Geodatabase (FGDB)
Esri Shape (SHP)
Google KML (KML/KMZ)
Microsoft Excel (XLSX)
Microstation (DGN)

Contact Us

Request a demonstration of the plugin to FME. Or, provide us with a sample test file and a description of the desired output. We’ll put together a simple demo for you with your data and show you how you can integrate air navigation data into your map.

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