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Coding Procedures for Operation Deep Freeze


During the annual Operation Deep Freeze mission, Air Force crews fly to Antarctica to deliver supplies to the science facility at McMurdo Station.  Due to the critical nature of the mission and the high stakes operating environment, it is imperative that flight procedure quality is 100% verified and that the airplane’s Flight Management System is Flight Checked to ensure it is capable of flying the procedures as they were designed by the TERPs designer.


AeroNavData tested the coded procedures with principal FMS manufacturers to ensure the data would fully integrate with FAA Flight Inspection and U.S. military avionics.  FAA Flight Inspection approved all procedures for normal aircraft operations, thus significantly reducing the chance of error and improving overall flight safety.  As a result of the AeroNavData process, the navigation database was able to be loaded on the Flight Inspection aircraft prior to departure for the first time in the history of the mission.  Due to the mission’s success, AeroNavData was invited to Charleston AF Base, SC March-2011 to participate in the Naval Flight Information Group Operation Deep Freeze debrief and to explore incorporating our process into all future FAA Flight Inspection and U.S. Air Force missions.


AeroNavData provided support to the US Air Force, Air Force Flight Standards Agency (AFFSA) and FAA Flight Inspection Aircraft under the FAA’s ARINC Support Services contract.   We provided instrument approach procedure design & coding assistance to ensure fly-able procedures to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in support of Operation Deep Freeze.  Our support contributed to the improvement of flight safety during a time-critical mission.


AeroNavData performed a 100% quality and Flight Management System (FMS) fly-ability check of all instrument flight procedures correcting all aeronautical source and fly-ability errors.  The results of the AeroNavData process were also sent to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to support U.S. military aircraft that use the Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF®) for navigation.