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I'm looking at developing an app where one of the functions I would like to implement needs to use data which is normally available in AIP, like:

  • Aerodrome names, ICAO codes, GPS location, elevation
  • VFR reporting point names, GPS location
  • Nav points (names, locations)

In addition, I may want to display or use data from NOTAMs, METARs, TAFs, etc in my app.

Does anyone know the official sources for this data, ideally published by CAAs (FAA in the US, Eurocontrol in the EU and similar)? Please note I'm really only interested in programmatic access (e.g. a JSON, XML or similar feed available through a web API or similar), as opposed to document based data in the form of PDF or HTML files.

It goes without saying that I would ideally like this access for free, but a commercial arrangement is also I would look at - provided it's not outrageously expensive.

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  • $\begingroup$ Related: Where to find a waypoints/fixed points, navaids and airports database? $\endgroup$
    – fooot
    Jul 7, 2017 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ I have had a look at that post, but majority of the information there lists either the AIP documents (which are PDF or HTML and therefore not really suitable for programmatic access) or non-official sites, primarily aimed at sim communities - unless I missed something. $\endgroup$
    – mike
    Jul 7, 2017 at 21:56

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ICAO is offering a very nice API for retrieval of, for example, aerodrome names/ICAO codes and NOTAM's. It is currently in public beta, which means that it is free to use. Once they finish testing it, there will be some kind of cost involved, but they have not published any pricing details yet. You can find it here: https://www.icao.int/safety/iStars/Pages/API-Data-Service.aspx

NOAA offers API access to weather information such as METAR's and TAF's: https://aviationweather.gov/adds/dataserver

You can find waypoints and navaids, including names and locations, via EUROCONTROL EAD: https://eadbasic.ead-it.com/fwf-eadbasic/restricted/reporting/reporting.faces (register first, then return to that link). However, what they seem to offer is a one time search/database dump, more than an actual API.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! I'll have a proper look at the links above this evening, but it seems like most of what I need if not all is there. $\endgroup$
    – mike
    Jul 8, 2017 at 12:05
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You can find a nice set of APIs at:

https://developer.laminardata.aero/documentation/notamdata/v2

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot, I'll try it out! $\endgroup$
    – mike
    Nov 20, 2018 at 10:45
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Recent update to aviationweather.gov puts the metar here: https://aviationweather.gov/data/metar/

Raw format for example returns

KRNT 071833Z 19006KT 10SM FEW023 BKN031 OVC037 11/08 A3006 RMK AO2 T01110078
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