When air traffic management meets blockchain technology: a blockchain-based concept for securing the sharing of flight data

Marina Dehez Clementi, Nicolas Larrieu, Emmanuel Lochin, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, Hassan Asghar

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The Aviation industry has been booming for several decades and is expected to keep growing in the future. Therefore,Air Traffic Management (ATM) tools are likely to be soon overwhelmed by the demand. The Single European Sky ATMResearch Program (SESAR) 2020, controlled by EUROCONTROL, intends to revisit the management of aeronautical information along its full lifecycle and across the whole European ATM system. The efficient sharing of information over large scale cyber physical systems is a non-trivial problem that raises several challenges including data lineage, data consistency, access rights management, and many more. Part of the SESAR initiative, System-Wide Information Management(SWIM) project defines standards to enhance the security of aeronautical data shared among stakeholders. Most of its propositions include centralized or partially centralized mechanisms in order to enforce data confidentiality, and privacy.In this paper, we intend to discuss how blockchains can improve the sharing of sensitive data over the ATM system. More specifically, we use the example of flight data and describe a high level Blockchain-based concept that mimics the decentralized nature of existing ATM system to provide a reliable, distributed storage platform for flight information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE/AIAA 38th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) Proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781728106496
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventDigital Avionics Systems Conference (38th : 2019) - San Diego, United States
Duration: 8 Sept 201912 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameAIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2155-7195
ISSN (Electronic)2155-7209


ConferenceDigital Avionics Systems Conference (38th : 2019)
Abbreviated titleDASC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • ATM
  • blockchains
  • Flight planning
  • data security


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