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MAEVA Report Summary

Project ID: 11397
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH
Country: Spain

Validation Guidelines Handbook (VGH)

The Validation Guidelines Handbook provides guidelines for conducting validation exercises in order to create the desired uniform framework. The objective of the VGH is not to be prescriptive, but more to assist its users.

Based on an understanding of the ATM problems to be solved, it is possible to define a set of validation exercises. The validation exercises should also be based on an understanding of the proposed ATM concept and take into account EUROCONTROL’s ATM 2000+ Strategy for developing the ATM system.

Furthermore, the VGH was a living document, subject to changes on the basis of feedback obtained from the validation-related projects. In this regard, the VGH was updated within MAEVA to address and include best and the most widely used practices applied in the monitored validation exercises.

In this handbook, MAEVA proposes a five-step process for conducting validation exercises:
Step 1: Define validation aims, objectives and hypotheses.
Step 2: Prepare the validation plan and exercise runs.
Step 3: Execute the exercise runs and take measurements.
Step 4: Analyse results.
Step 5: Develop and disseminate conclusions.

Each of these steps is described in detail in the handbook. The purpose, description, process diagram, inputs, outputs and responsibilities are specified for each step (Part I of the VGH), and for each activity and sub-activity within each step (Part II of the VGH).

The scope of the validation exercise framework, and therefore of the VGH, is primarily focused on the ATM validation exercises that will be conducted within the 5th FP, mainly fast-time and real-time simulations and shadow mode and operational trials. Notwithstanding this, the validation exercise framework has been kept as general as possible, to enable it to be applied to validation exercises conducted outside conduct the 5th FP.

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