It’s the AWACS mission-planning team’s job to present mission details to multi-national flight teams. Their existing process relied on manual activities, such as re-keying data from one system to another, and communicating intricate data sets using very basic user interfaces. The time all this took was reducing the number of missions they could undertake.
What we did
Working with Adobe and the E3-A Component to understand the air crews’ needs, we created a consolidated system to compile mission-planning information. We made use of standardised data (surveillance/weapon areas, standard mission objectives and flight/station areas) to avoid re-drawing for each mission.
Pushing the limitations of the Flex framework, we integrated LiveCycle data services with ESRI mapping, and used Flex to deliver interactive elements, e.g. schedules, and PowerPoint-style functionality within the application.
How it helped
Our strong relationship with AWACS users helped us prioritise planning and delivery, using Just In Time requirements. We created default behaviours so that the team no longer had to rewrite the same tests again and again. The ability to get data from standard sources reduced the margin for human error and information entered ‘not in good order’ (NIGO), and the visuals bypassed language barriers, making information easier for flight crews to understand.