• Performs safety studies for client-proposed changes to the NAS or international standards.
  • Conducts risk analyses for criteria and standards related to design of instrument flight procedures for other AFS-400 branches.
  • Provides Technical Advisors to US Members to ICAO Panels, such as the Instrument Flight Procedures Panel (IFPP), the Navigation Systems Panel (NSP), and the Separation and Airspace Safety Panel (SASP).
  • Provides technical and operational expertise and analysis on use and implementation of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Spaced Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) into the NAS in support of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
  • Participates in the development of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) standards and criteria, and their implementation and their application to improving the safety, efficiency and capacity of the NAS.
  • Develops and maintains the FSL Tool Set server farm.
  • Builds and applies custom data analysis tools and visualizations enabling faster and more accurate processing from various NAS data sets.
  • Provides technical assistance and support to the FAA Lines of Business concerning proposed changes to the NAS or to international standards.
  • Develops software tools for the design of standardized instrument flight procedures standards and criteria.
  • Supports the Flight Standards Procedures Review Board and Technical Review Board review of Instrument Approach Procedures Waivers of standards and criteria by providing risk assessment of flight operations not covered by standard criteria.
  • Provides dynamic, probabilistic models of instrument flight operational concepts using advanced analytical capabilities, such as the Airspace Simulation and Analysis Tool (ASAT (PDF)).
  • Assesses the impact on safety of proposed changes to the NAS using tools such as ASAT.
  • Provides approach obstacle clearance risk analysis using software tools such as the Collision Risk Model (CRM (PDF)) and Safety Assessment Toolset (SAT).
  • Provides Area Navigation (RNAV) design tools (such as RNAV-Pro, RPAT-Pro, and RDVA-Pro).
  • Provides risk analyses using data acquired from Human In The Loop (HITL) data collection efforts, and develops probability density functions for use in ASAT fast time simulations.
  • Provides expert advisors and representatives to ICAO, RTCA, SAE, Institute of Navigation, and other international aviation organizations.
  • Evaluates the level of risk of changes to air traffic rules and procedures and determines the impact on safety of instrument flight procedures.
  • Analyzes and evaluates proposed or new navigational and surveillance concepts such as RNAV transition to precision approaches, Optimized Profile Descent (OPD), Automatic Dependent Surveillance, Broadcast (ADS-B), FUSION, etc., for compatibility with existing or planned flight operation design criteria.
  • Provides management of, or support to, Flight Standards Research, Engineering and Development programs established to support development of flight systems and operations, including NextGen instrument flight procedures, standards, and criteria.
  • Develops national and international standards and policies for flight procedure risk assessment and management.
  • Evaluates changes and enhancements of airport rules regarding obstacles, equipment, holding and taxiing aircraft relative to their impact on the safety of instrument and visual approach, missed approach, rejected landing, and departure operations.
  • Coordinates and maintains liaison with other Government agencies and with military, industry, and international representatives to exchange information and to advance the state-of-the-art in the application of operations research techniques, collision risk methodology, and other advanced analysis techniques for en route and terminal flight procedures.
  • Performs studies analyzing equivalent levels of safety and established levels of safety risk analyses for surveillance safety, wake turbulence, and other areas as requested.
  • Works with and supports AFS-440 to develop, plan, and conduct real time, precise data collection on new and emerging technologies to provide the basis for modeling performance characteristics using ASAT.
  • Evaluates feasibility and risks associated with operational requirements, such as multiple airport operations, multiple parallel approaches, and converging approaches using the data collected with AFS-440.
  • Participates in and supports the AFS Wake Vortex Program and develops national wake vortex encounter standards and acceptable levels of risk.
  • Leads the AFS Separation Standards Program, develops acceptable standards based upon collision risk and wake vortex issues, and provides those recommended standards to the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) for consideration.