Advanced Intelligent Web-Based Options to Acquire and Analyze Aircraft Health and Test Data
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-122
Topic Title: Advanced Intelligent Web-Based Options to Acquire and Analyze Aircraft Health and Test Data
Proposal No.: N082-122-0652
Firm: Technical Data Analysis, Inc.
7600A Leesburg Pike
Suite 204, West Building
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
Contact: Chance McColl
Phone: (770) 516-7750
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Abstract: This proposal focuses on the development of an innovative, web-based application to help solve one of the fundamental problems facing aircraft management today: data management. This problem is outlined as follows. Aircraft health management is data-driven. A broad range of disparate data sources exist, many of which are essential for accurate, near real-time aircraft health monitoring and maintenance. These data sources are often incompatible with each other, in terms of source (measured aircraft response, maintenance data, analytical models, etc.), storage (different computer systems), format (paper, electronic: ASCII, binary, spreadsheet, warehoused in relational database), architecture (procedural, object-relational, object-oriented), and design (open source, proprietary or unique design). A solution must address the following five (5) key issues: 1. Acquisition - pulling data from all required sources, 2. Integration - tying all meaningful information together into one aircraft "entity", 3. Analysis - turning data into decision, 4. Exchange - sharing within the larger community and promoting collaboration, and 5. Data advancement - pushing data downstream for further use and innovation.
Benefits: The successful development of this acquisition and analysis system has great potential in the military and commercial flight operations industries where large amounts of disparate aircraft data present challenges to maintenance and flight test personnel. The system has the potential to dramatically improve the usability and interoperability of these data sources, including both legacy and modern systems and data sources. It would have the potential to "open up" data access to a broader set of users, effectively pushing data from a select few to a larger user base that would benefit from such information. This system could result in lower operating and maintenance costs as well as faster analysis/data processing times, all while providing a flexible framework open to future system changes and data sources.