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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
10.13.11
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Photo of the contrails of a four engined jet.

NASA and Metron Aviation Continue to Conduct Research to Assess Environmental Impacts Due to Air Traffic
A research team led by Metron Aviation which includes Logistics Management Institute and Purdue University presented their plans to continue NASA supported research to assess environmental impacts. SEACAT (System-level Environmental Assessment of Concepts and Technologies) will refine the estimates of the effects of new ATM technologies and perform a more extensive analysis of how each technology contributes to the trades between environmental impacts, enabling more projected throughput, and reducing delay. The team presented results on CO2 emissions and noise results based on simulation runs. During the meeting, NASA provided feedback and the SEACAT team presented their research plans and deliverables for the year. (POC: Neil Chen)

Photo of several aircraft in a runway queue.

Meeting with US Airways and NASA Surface Researchers
Yoon Jung, Gautam Gupta, and Waqar Malik visited Charlotte (CLT) and Philadelphia (PHL) airports and met with US Airway executives and staff during the week of October 3rd. They met the Vice Presdident of CLT operations (Terri Pope) and the Director of Air Traffic Control and Flight Operations (Bill Murphy) for US Airways in order to discuss partnering opportunities with NASA. The US Airways management team has a strong desire to improve CLT operations by adopting new technologies that would help manage ramp operations efficiently with improved coordination with air traffic control counterparts including the air traffic control tower. They also have a strong motivation to collaborate with the airport authority, the FAA, and the local community in order to reduce environmental impacts. CLT is the second largest airport in the east coast (after ATL) in terms of traffic volume and almost 90% of aircraft operations are from US Airways. Many of the flights are regional jet traffic. Airport surface traffic at CLT is experiencing significant departure delays due to lack of coordination between en route/terminal and surface, often resulting in 15-20 aircraft sitting in the departure queue wasting fuel and generating carbon emissions. A few specific collaboration ideas for NASA/US Airways were discussed, including environmental analysis and modeling as well as adopting a time-based sequencing tool for air traffic control and airlines at CLT. (POC: Yoon Jung)

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