The use of aircraft is reported by submission of a Naval Aircraft Flight Record, OPNAV 3710/4. The naval flight record subsystem (NAVFLIRS) is designed to collect all of the required flight data management information on a single source document for AV-3M. NAVFLIRS is discussed later in this chapter.
The age of automation has crept up on the Navy. Automation helps us to do our jobs better and more efficiently by reducing paperwork and manual documentation. As an AZ, you may be assigned to an activity that operates under the Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management Information System (NALCOMIS). NALCOMIS was designed to provide organizational, intermediate, and supply support center activities with a modern, responsive, computer-based management information system. The three objectives of NALCOMIS are as follows:
1. To increase aircraft readiness by providing local maintenance and supply managers with timely and accurate information that they require in their day-to-day management and decision- making process
2. To reduce the administrative burden on the fleet
3. To improve the quality of upline reported data
NALCOMIS operates on the shipboard non- tactical automatic data processing (ADP) program (SNAP-I) computer, AN/UYK-65(V), and it uses keyboard video display terminals (KVDTS) for source data entry and retrieval. The KVDTS are located in maintenance and supply spaces, and are used for automated preparation and processing of maintenance and supply source documents, such as the VIDS/MAF and DD 1348.
NALCOMIS includes several automated functions; each one of which was designed to meet the needs of the different levels of maintenance. One of the functions in which you will most likely be involved is the NALCOMIS repairable management module (NRMM). The NRMM was designed to improve component repair turn-around time and inventory accuracy.
The functional sponsor for NALCOMIS is CNO, the program manager is NAVAIR, and the central design agency (CDA) is NAVMASSO. As the CDA, NAVMASSO is responsible for the design, development, implementation, and support of the SNAP-I NALCOMIS software. Activities using NALCOMIS should refer to the NALCOMIS User's Manual for documentation procedures.
The AV-3M maintenance data system is designed to collect and process statistical data that is essential to the efficient management of resources. Data is recorded on prescribed forms by the individual maintenance worker. For it to be usable, machine-oriented data processing operations require that information be put into code form. Information that is normally given in narrative form can, if reduced to codes, be computer processed and read by a machine. Therefore, the MDS forms use codes, particularly in the MDR portion of the system. If you are to use the system, you must be familiar with the codes.
You should know something about the types of codes used and how they are constructed before any discussion of a particular code is presented. There are three types of codes that are used: alpha codes, numeric codes, and alphanumeric codes. These codes may consist of one or more letters, numbers, or a combination of both. Codes composed entirely of letters are known as alpha codes; those made up entirely of numbers are numeric codes; and those with a combination of letters and numbers are alphanumeric codes.
Codes may be classified as structured codes or random codes. A structured code is arranged in a systematic pattern, conforming to the general pattern of the information to be coded. The NAVAIR publication numbers are an example of structured alphanumeric codes. Random codes are nonstructured codes that do not conform to any systematic pattern.
Structured codes are easier to decode by those who are familiar with the code structure. They can be used successfully on the most elementary types of data processing equipment found in most ships and at most stations. Random codes require more complex computer-type equipment for processing and are not easily decoded. Therefore, structured codes are used more extensively by maintenance activities for much of the data processed by ships and stations for local use.Continue Reading