Aviation operations data collection and validation is a time consuming and costly process that can often result in delays and inconsistencies in study results. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic initiated a study to investigate standardized data collection, validation, and data storage to improve the accuracy of aviation studies and to reduce the costs and time to develop these studies while supporting fleet readiness.
Cardno was engaged in this research effort to document existing policies and processes for aircraft operations data collection, validation, maintenance and storage.
This research was distributed and presented at a comprehensive workshop with Navy and Marine Corps stakeholders representing the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Fleet Forces Command (USFFC), Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF), Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), and others that Cardno co-hosted in partnership with the Navy.
Our team undertook the following work to prepare for and deliver the Naval Aviation Aircraft Operations Data Study and Workshop:
- reported on initial investigations of current aviation study data collection requirements, practices, data systems, and sources used in conducting the following aviation studies: Naval Aviation Simulation Model (NASMOD), Air Installations Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ)/Range Air Installations Compatible Use Zones (RAICUZ), aircraft noise studies, and NEPA documents
- identified existing policies (instructions, orders and manuals) requiring data collection, data reporting, and data maintenance
- identified examples of observed data collection practices for discussion
- evaluated current data systems and data collection practices
- gathered workshop participant feedback on current data collection processes
- provided recommendations for policy and data collection process improvements.
As a result of this work, we documented the findings into a White Paper that outlined the results of the research, data collection issues, and recommendations for process improvements to optimize existing data systems and processes to improve the accuracy of naval aviation studies.