New Avionics Box To Fly in FAA Flight Inspection
As a key element in the FAA's
Next Generation Automated Flight Inspection System (AFIS), the FAA
awarded Formation, Inc. a $5.7 million contract to design, develop
flight-qualify, and produce its new Data Collector Correlator (DCC)
With the responsibility to monitor the quality of navigation
signals in the National Airspace System (NAS), the FAA performs
in-flight inspection of navigational aids in the NAS, which
requires the timely collection of numerous data sources. The DCC
will meet this need.
"We are very pleased to be part of this initiative for the FAA,"
said R. Nim Evatt, president and CEO of Formation, Inc. "This
contract allows Formation to do what it does best - build complex
electronics with precision and accuracy, quickly and
"We have a long history of manufacturing excellence for original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the world and look forward to
continuing this tradition with the FAA by demonstrating Formation's
ability to execute and perform."
As the primary Input/Output
interface for NAFIS, DCC will collect, correlate, and time stamp
real-time analog and digital data, which originates in on-board
flight-check instrumentation elements of NAFIS. The DCC will then
supply this correlated data to the on-board NAFIS computer for
further analysis and also to other NAFIS components.
The FAA is developing NAFIS as a replacement for the previous
generation AFIS equipment, originally deployed in 1982. AFIS/NAFIS
are used to calibrate the nation's air navigation system.
AFIS/NAFIS are hosted on FAA flight-check aircraft, including
Canadair Challenger, Beech King Air, and other multi-engine
business jets and turboprops.
Formation will develop the DCC hardware and software, perform
integration testing, and work to obtain FAA certification for the
units at its Moorestown, NJ production facility. Formation designs
and manufactures hardware and software products and provides
related engineering services for the defense, aviation, data
communications and transportation industries.