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AIR FORCE FLIGHT STANDARDS AGENCY. Capt David Castor ATCALS Evaluations Division. OVERVIEW . Who we are What we do How we can help you What we need from you What you can expect from us. MISSION. ATCALS EVAL MISSION : Evaluate, characterize, and optimize ATCALS worldwide

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Air force flight standards agency
AIR FORCE FLIGHTSTANDARDS AGENCY

Capt David Castor

ATCALS Evaluations Division


Overview
OVERVIEW

  • Who we are

  • What we do

  • How we can help you

  • What we need from you

  • What you can expect from us


Mission
MISSION

ATCALS EVAL MISSION: Evaluate, characterize, and optimize ATCALS worldwide

  • Investigate capabilities and limitations

  • Determine optimum configuration

  • Solve equipment siting problems

  • Provide DT&E/OT&E support


Affsa xae atcals evaluations
AFFSA/XAEATCALS EVALUATIONS


Mission activities
Mission Activities

  • Identify ATCALS Capabilities and Limitations

  • Improve System Performance Based On:

    • Knowledge of equipment parameters

    • Environmental factors

      • Terrain (hills, trees, standing water)

      • Man-made factors (fences, roads, etc)

      • Line-of-sight screening (buildings, horizon)

  • Assist with Siting

  • Assist with Commissioning Flight Check

    • Planning

    • Scoring


Mission activities1
Mission Activities

  • Geodetic Surveys

  • Identify terrain features and line-of-sight limitations

  • Provide accurate antenna and equipment coordinates

  • Confirm expected coverage area problems

  • Assist TERPS with obstacle data if requested, and already on site

- Combine survey data with antenna interaction study


Evaluations
Evaluations

  • Baseline

  • Review and adjust all critical parameters

  • Document equipment condition, performance,

    and coverage capabilities and limitations

  • Provide reference flight check data

  • Enhance system performance for operational

    environment

  • 1 to 2 years after commissioning; updated 7-10 years


Evaluations1
Evaluations

  • Special: Specialized support

  • Terrain changes

  • Mission changes

  • New structures

  • New equipment

  • Equipment malfunction

  • Equipment upgrades


Equipment
Equipment

  • Communications: UHF/VHF radios, landlines,

    cables, antennas, and consoles (OJ-314)

  • Radar: ASR, PAR, ATCRBS, DASR, and TPN-19

  • NAVAIDS: ILS, VOR, NDB, TACAN,

    and VORTAC


Evaluation scheduling
Evaluation Scheduling

  • XAE solicits MAJCOMs requirements/priorities in May

  • MAJCOMs send in requests by 15 Jul

  • XAE coordinates requests with MAJCOMs/units and

    sets schedule in Sep

  • XAE coordinates FAA flight check support

  • XAE accepts special requests at anytime


Evaluation priorities
Evaluation Priorities

  • 1Immediate Mission Impact

    • Facility off the air

    • Operational facility with restrictions

  • 2Mission Impact

    • Investigate generic problems

    • Baseline evaluations


Funding
Funding

  • ATCALS evaluations are centrally funded

  • Flight safety/mission considerations primary criteria

  • Remember: We operate at no cost to Base!


Sequence of events
Sequence of Events

  • Scheduling Message

  • In-Brief OSS/CC and CS/CC or designated representatives

  • Equipment Evaluation (old settings)

  • Equipment Optimization (new settings)

  • Flight Check

  • Out Brief


Flight check
Flight Check

  • XAE coordinates with local agencies and FAA

    Flight Inspection Area Office (FIAO)

  • Unit Preparation

    • Permanent echo verification

    • Airway coverage

    • Additional coverage

    • ASR/PAR final approach course

      *New maps do not require a Flight Check*


Feedback
Feedback

  • XAE and FAA verify flight check results

  • ATC and maintenance personnel notified


Evaluation report
Evaluation Report

  • Data is compiled to include:

    • Limitations

    • Capabilities

    • Optimum performance levels

    • Reference flight check data

  • Preliminary On-Site Report

  • Our goal is to provide reports 60 days post eval, but standard requires 90 days


Using the report
Using the Report

  • On-the-spot fixes

  • Screening angle and coverage assessment

  • Visual display of system coverage

  • Glide slope contour

  • Basis for measuring equipment performance


Summary
SUMMARY

XAE POCs

  • Div Chief--Capt Dave Castor, DSN 857-4870

  • E-mail [email protected]

  • Dep Div Chief—Capt Dennis Daniels, DSN 857-4874

    E-mail [email protected]

  • NAVAIDS--Mr. Bill Perrott, DSN 857-4881

    E-mail [email protected]

  • Radar--Mr. Steve Hall, DSN 857-4873

    E-mail [email protected]

  • Comm--Mr. Chad Altemeier, DSN 857-5821

    E-mail [email protected]


Atcals evaluations division
ATCALS Evaluations Division

If you do not remember anything else:

  • Input request for eval through your MAJCOM

  • Call us anytime; we are here to help!

QUESTIONS?


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