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BaseOps User's Guide, Chapter 25: Importing Information from DAFIF

The United States' National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) regularly publishes an extensive database of aeronautical information. This database is known as the Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF).

BaseOps can import the following information from DAFIF.

Obtaining DAFIF

Beginning October 1, 2006, DAFIF was no longer accessible to the public. Access to DAFIF was restricted to US military and DoD customers, US federal, state and local government customers, and foreign government bilateral exchange agreement partners. See http://164.214.2.62/products/usfif/index.cfm for more information. Note that contractors working for an approved agency should be able to obtain DAFIF through that agency.

Important:

Different editions of DAFIF are available. BaseOps is designed to import from DAFIF Edition 7. BaseOps will attempt to import data from other editions, but it may not be successful. If an error occurs, obtain a DAFIF dataset of the correct edition.

Importing Airfield Information

BaseOps can import the following airfield information from DAFIF.

To import airfield information, follow these steps.

  1. Choose Import From DAFIF from the File menu, then choose Airfield Information. The Import Airfield Information dialog box appears.

  2. DAFIF ED 7 VERSION file - Type the full path name of the DAFIF ED 7 VERSION file. Press the Browse button , located to the right of the text box, to display the Open File dialog box, which allows you to browse for the file.

    This file is named VERSION. You will find it in the root directory of your DAFIF dataset. If your dataset resides on CD-ROM, this file will be located in the root directory of the DAFIF ED 7 CD-ROM.

  3. Press OK. The Select DAFIF Airfield to Import dialog box appears.

  4. Select the airfield to import, then press OK. The appropriate data in the current BaseOps case is updated.

Importing Other Types of Objects

BaseOps can import navigational aids, waypoints, runways, military operations areas, military training routes, and VTOL pads from DAFIF. The processes for importing all of these items are very similar. Therefore, only navigational aids will be discussed. Keep in mind, however, that the following instructions also apply to the other types of objects.

To import one or more navigational aids from DAFIF, follow these steps.

  1. Choose Import From DAFIF from the File menu, then choose Navigational Aid(s). The Import Navigational Aid(s) dialog box appears.

  2. DAFIF ED 7 VERSION file - Type the full path name of the DAFIF ED 7 VERSION file. Press the Browse button , located to the right of the text box, to display the Open File dialog box, which allows you to browse for the file.

    This file is named VERSION. You will find it in the root directory of your DAFIF dataset. If your dataset resides on CD-ROM, this file will be located in the root directory of the DAFIF ED 7 CD-ROM.

  3. Search Radius - DAFIF includes a large number of navigational aids (over 11,000). The search radius allows you to search DAFIF for those navigational aids that are relatively close to your area of interest (i.e., close to the case reference point).

  4. Press OK. The Select Which Navigational Aids to Import dialog box appears.

  5. Check the boxes next to the navigational aid(s) you wish to import, then press OK. The selected navigational aid(s) are added to your BaseOps case.


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