Quality Assurance During Flight Inspection
Frank Musmann, Aerodata AG, Germany
Location: Regency Ballroom
Date/Time: Monday, Apr. 16, 3:45 p.m.
Flight inspection today includes flight calibration as well as flight validation of instrument flight procedures. Flight Inspection is an essential element of quality assurance for the air navigation infrastructure. The aim is to ensure that air navigation based on navigation aids and instrument flight procedures is safe. Flight inspection is the last element in this chain of checking. Any undetected errors might have a significant impact on the safety of users of the navigation aid or instrument flight procedure. Therefore, quality assurance of flight inspection results itself is imperative. Many contributing elements involved in the flight inspection can influence the process. These elements include personnel (pilots and inspectors), equipment (e.g. aircraft and flight inspection equipment) and operation procedures. Means to identify database or equipment issues as well as operational and human problems are required in order to avoid affecting the results. This paper describes elements that have been implemented to flight inspection in order to ensure a high level of integrity and accuracy of flight calibration output.