In 2004, Neal Covington founded AeroNavData to bridge the gap of understanding between the DAFIF® format and ARINC procedure coding and to offer a comprehensive, cost-effective and responsive alternative to aeronautical data users.
Neal’s professional career includes experience in the Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller, as a fully-qualified Radar and Non-Radar Controller for the FAA, and as an aeronautical engineer for the Dept. of Defense. He worked for many years for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Aeronautical Center in St. Louis, and in 1992 led the DAFIF team in building the Navigation Database for the C17 Airplane that is still in use today. Immediately after his time at the NGA, Neal joined Northrop Grumman/TASC and worked for 3 years on a project that built an ARINC National Database for the FAA.
Neal is very passionate about the opportunity and the ability to help pilots and aviators to uncover issues and come up with solutions that result in improved safety of navigation that assists pilots in performing their duties. Because Neal is a pilot and former air traffic controller and so familiar with the National Airspace System and how an aircraft FMS operates, he is enthusiastic and responsive to problem resolution that ensures the safety of every flight. Neal’s philosophy is that when our AeroNavData teams work for a customer they strive to deliver a solution that is the most effective, thorough and scalable solution possible.
Personally, Neal is very passionate about aviation, his family, baseball, gardening, his animals and making a difference through his support of the local Humane Society of Monroe County, coaching children’s baseball, and his support of a variety of Homeless and Disabled Veterans organizations. Neal’s perfect weekend would consist of playing his 1968 Gibson ES335 guitar and flying in his plane with his wife Lisa and their animals to one of their favorite beaches.