aviaFlightMonitor monitors your approaches and gives you direct feedback on how well you did.
aviaFlightMonitor will monitor and analyse many of the flight parameters that airlines use in their Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) programs. These programs are used to gain operational insight into how well flight crews are performing and flying approaches. It’s a key element of safe airline operations.
The goal behind aviaFlightMonitor is to give you a similar feedback tool so that you can analyse and improve as you fly your aircraft. Like the other apps offered under the aviaServer solution, the target audience is the serious flight simmer striving for the most realistic environment in which to operate the virtual aircraft.
By making use of the latest real navdata, aviaFlightMonitor will track your approaches automatically and provide a detailed analysis after your rollout.
aviaFlightMonitor (AFM) tracks the last 4,000 feet of each approach. Approximately 15 seconds after landing, a report is automatically generated, giving you feedback on identified risks.
We’ve heard it before – a good landing is the direct result of a stabilised approach. But, what exactly is that? There are multiple ‘gates’ airlines use to define stabilised criteria. While these gates will differ between each airline, AFM will use these:
- 1,000ft Gate – in IMC conditions, this is typically used by all airlines to determine stable approach conditions. 1,000 feet above the threshold, you are expected to
– Be in final landing configuration; this means no more changes to flaps and landing gear down and locked
– Have a stable attitude. AFM imposes a pitch angle limit between +10° and -3° and a bank angle limit of 20°
– Have a stable vertical speed. AFM accepts a value between -100 and -1,200 fpm
– Have a stable approach profile; be on centreline and on glideslope. AFM limits this to 1 dot deviation high/low and left/right
– Have a stable airspeed. AFM expects the airspeed not to deviate more than 10 knots from your entire approach profile
– Have stabilised engine performance. AFM imposes a 35% N1 (for jets) and 10% Np (for turboprops)
– Follow the runway track. AFM allows a 10° deviation.
- 500ft Gate. Some airlines are more lenient in VMC conditions and don’t impose the limits as mentioned above, but many airlines will use the 1,000ft Gate both for IMC and for VMC conditions.
- As you descend further, the limitations become tighter. As an example, the maximum allowed tailwind component over the threshold will be 10 knots. Also, at this point, the lateral distance between the aircraft and the runway centreline is expected to be less than 10% of the runway width.
- The final checks are performed just prior to touchdown, where, as an example, the aircraft’s heading is expected to be within 10° of the runway’s course. Your touchdown point will be evaluated and should not be 1,000ft beyond the Aiming Point. A touchdown prior to the Threshold will automatically result in a high risk assessment. A vertical speed beyond 600 fpm will be considered a high risk landing as well, due to potential structural damage.
Each report will have a final score and the higher the score, the more risks were identified. An ideal score of 0 should be your goal but, of course, airmanship may dictate executing approaches in circumstances that won’t result in a 0 score result. At the end of the day you are the Pilot in Command and will need to justify your score.
- Flight Simulator X with SP2, FSX: Steam Edition or P3D v2-v5
- .NET Runtime 4.5.2 (usually already pre-installed)
Note: If you run Prepar3D, make sure FSX-SP2-XPACK SimConnect is installed. You’ll find it in [P3D folder]\redist\Interface\FSX-SP2-XPACK\retail\lib\SimConnect.msi.