Old 8th Sep 2016, 07:06
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DaveReidUK
 
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If it's not a silly question, why can't FMS data providers include airport gate coordinates in their data packages?

Even if crews were still required to input the lat/lon manually from the coordinates displayed at the gate, at least the system could verify that they corresponded to a known location rather than being in the sea 300km from the nearest airport.

In fact even a simple automated check that the input coordinates are within a couple of miles of the flight plan origin would do, at a pinch.

In an era where the aircraft is increasingly expected to protect itself from the actions of the crew, it's not rocket science.
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