[OSM-dev] aviation maps?

Jukka Rahkonen jukka.rahkonen at latuviitta.fi
Wed Aug 11 18:36:06 BST 2010


X-Plane project has lots of free aerial charts, see

I have checked some years ago a few of the Finnish airports and at least
in that sample the quality was excellent. License is not OSM compatible
(GPL). This is what the author says about the license:

" In summary, my interpretation of this license is that "works" published
under the protection of its terms may be redistributed and modified,
provided that this GPL remains a part of that redistribution.  Nothing
prevents you charging for any redistributed or derivative work based upon
this data ... but the terms of the GPL do not prevent (and are designed to
encourage) someone else from later amending and then redistributing your
work (or a derivative), either as free-ware or as pay-ware, under the same
GPL terms."

-Jukka Rahkonen-

> Jeffrey,
> On 11/08/10 19:15, Jeffrey Johnson wrote:
>> Will have to jump in with a full response later, but have any of you
>> checked out AIXM?
>> http://www.aixm.aero/public/subsite_homepage/homepage.html
> yes, I'am aware of the AIXM format, and the eAIP publications that are
> made using these formats. for example, here you can find a list of
> European eAIP publications online:
> http://www.eurocontrol.int/aim/public/standard_page/eaip.html
>> Also note that in some (many!) countries the Civil Aviation
>> Authorities are privatized and they claim absolute copyright over the
>> aviation data for that country. Beware the nasty cease and desist
>> letter, I received them in the past.
> yes, I'm aware of that. OTOH, it's usually not the 'space description'
> itself, but the actual representation that is protected by copyright.
> for example, in Hungary a small group of people created maps for all
> airports and airfields anew, by drawing these themselves - and it's
> available online, or for sale in printed form, organized in a binder:
> http://hungaryairport.hu/airport.php
> Akos
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