FPSAT (Flight Procedure Satellite Analysis Tool) is an AIM (aeronautical information management) software tool for performing virtual flight inspections in order to check the flyability of RNAV procedures, the coverage and accuracy provided by the navigational aids infrastructure along the whole of a procedure’s trajectory and to identify any factor that may affect navigational aid performance.
FPSAT is a pre/post processor that enables procedure specialists to:
ICAO Docs 8168, 8071 and 9906 describe the activities required for the ground validation of RNAV (area navigation) flight procedures. These include checking the coverage and accuracy provided by the navaid infrastructure along the whole of a procedure’s trajectory, and identifying any electromagnetic interference that may affect the performance of the navaid infrastructure.
A virtual flight inspection of an RNAV procedure may also be used to verify and optimize:
FPSAT provides the means to perform these inspections and also covers the need to verify the availability and usability of navaids (satellite and ground based signals) along a flight path:
User-friendly cost effective method for ground validation. Capacity to input procedures, supporting navaids, waypoints and obstacles
Improves safety through the early identification of potential problems in the design of a procedure
Reduce costs by minimizing the need to use flight validation to optimize procedure
Can be integrated into the flight procedure design process (AIXM 4.5/5.1 compliant) before a flight procedure is completed
performing virtual flight inspections