Navigation Data Validation and Verification
Military aviation organizations sometimes experience navigational challenges when using Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF®) alone. These challenges can include lack of complete Global Coverage, quality Data Integrity, and adaptable Multi-Platform Utility. This means there may be instances in which they cannot go where they need to go when they need to go and the aircrews may not have complete faith in the integrity of the data being used to navigate the aircraft. In other cases, the data may not support all the capabilities of the modern aircraft fleet. These shortcomings can lead Military organizations to experience unnecessary costs of purchasing additional data coverage where the DAFIF® navigation data is either missing or in unusable for their mission.
AeroNavData uses a systematic approach to solving aeronautical navigation data problems. This approach is a result of our deep team experience working with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Air Force, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and within the aviation industry for over 25 years. Solving only the problem of missing data helps slightly, if at all because anomalies can be introduced into the navigation data chain in myriad ways. Recurring verification and validation throughout the process reduce this risk considerably. At AeroNavData we validate the data to ensure it is complete, correct, and safe for the intended use.
Our systematic approach focuses on solving these key challenges: Data Integrity and Multi-Platform Utility of navigation data. Correcting errors in existing data and preventing errors in brand new procedures, together with inserting approved navigation procedures provided by Special Accredited Nations would support the needs of the majority of all military aircraft.
A systematic approach places a strong emphasis on higher Data Integrity as each step is a unique opportunity to identify, isolate, and correct errors before they are passed to the next step in the sequence.
Approaching the navigation data process systematically also emphasizes an adaptable Multi-Platform Utility by reusing customized outputs of navigation data across multiple aircraft platforms. Instead of accepting a “one-size fits all” approach, a systematic approach would consider the detailed requirements of each of the aircraft platforms. These requirements will vary based on manufacturer, capability, and purpose of the Flight Management System (FMS) and consequently, the data must be customized on output to fit the needs of a particular aircraft platform in order to achieve maximum benefit.
Aircraft Systems and Crew Safety are also enhanced by this systematic approach as it determines commonality among diverse equipment during the design and testing phase of the navigation data. Rather than expecting the aircraft to be modified to accept the data or the crew to learn unique ways of doing common tasks, the systematic approach would ensure that new aircraft systems comply with the requirements of ARINC and/or DAFIF® up front – before the aircraft is certified.