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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
02.01.12
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Example of a dynamic weather reroute.
Example of a dynamic weather reroute | Description

Dynamic Weather Routes Planning Meeting with American Airlines and Fort Worth Center
“When can we start?” That was the response from Captain Jeff Osborne, Managing Director of the American Airlines System Operations Center (SOC) following a meeting and demonstration of the Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) tool at the NASA/FAA North Texas (NTX) field site on January 25. Capt. Osborne, Mr. Des Keany, head of flight planning, and others from American Airlines, along with the Fort Worth Center (ZFW) Traffic Management Officer, Mr. Sam Pacifico, participated in discussions about the proposed DWR operating concept and a potential operational trial of the DWR technology in 2012. The operating concept calls for DWR automation at NTX with Dispatcher displays at the American SOC and Traffic Management Coordinator displays at the ZFW Traffic Management Unit. Both American Airlines and Fort Worth Center management strongly support a field trial of DWR at Fort Worth Center. NASA researchers are working to formalize FAA headquarters support and to complete development and testing for the DWR operational trial. (POC: Dave McNally)

This image shows an example configuration of an airport surface, showing the location of ramps, spots, taxiways, and runways.
The Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) helps to improve the efficiency of airport surface operations involving the ramps, spots, taxiways, and runways.

NASA/US Airways Collaboration meeting
Researchers and managers from NASA and US Airways met at Ames Research Center on January 26 to discuss joint research and development efforts to improve surface operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). NASA researchers presented current research activities and surface simulation capabilities to US Airways representatives and also demonstrated the Spot And Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) tool at NASA’s FutureFlight Central (FFC) simulation facility. SARDA is a decision support tool for tower controllers, undergoing continued development and preparations for an April 2012 human-in-the-loop simulation. US Airways presented an overview of airline operations at CLT, the tools that are being used by ramp operators, and the simulation tool that is being used for developing traffic plans. Both research teams discussed topics for collaboration, including data sharing/analysis, development of an operational concept of a tool for both airline and ATC operations, modeling and simulation of CLT operations, and conducting a field evaluation of a developed tool. Both NASA and US Airways agreed to take the next steps to develop a formal plan for collaboration. (POC: Yoon Jung)

Air Traffic Management Data Warehouse Upgrade Complete
The NextGen Air Traffic Management (ATM) Data Warehouse has been upgraded to support remote access and user-specific customizations. The ATM Data Warehouse is a secure, web-based user interface to an Oracle database currently containing eight terabytes of raw and processed air traffic and weather data for the U.S. The Warehouse contains two years of recorded and processed data so far, and is growing by 300 gigabytes per month. The processed data include all relevant sources of flight and weather data, including recorded radar feeds and national traffic data from many FAA facilities. The Warehouse also includes several types of wind and convective weather data and predictions for the airport surface as well as en-route airspace. The processed data types are searchable and represent critical analyses of general interest, broken down by date, time, and location. The processed data include airport landing rates, national and local delays, national traffic advisories, and the impact of convective weather on flight routing. More functions are being added continuously based on the needs of ATM researchers at both Ames and Langley Research Centers. (POC: Michelle Eshow)

Photo of PDRC simulation participants in an air traffic control tower.
Participants in a PDRC evaluation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Collaboration Discussion to Expand Use of the Precision Departure Release Capability by the FAA
On January 13th, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) discussed forming a collaborative effort to improve the FAA's coupling of advanced airspace and surface air traffic tools for Dulles International Airport (near Washington, DC). To enable the transfer of information from an automated surface scheduling tool to an airspace management tool, the FAA is exploring the inclusion of the NASA-developed Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC). PDRC enables the automatic transfer of predicted take-off surface information to improve en-route and arrival scheduling at other airports. It was tested at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in 2011 and plans include continued field evaluations at the same airport in 2012. This FAA project is expected to continue for multiple years with increasingly more complex field evaluations in each successive year. (POC: Shawn Engelland)

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