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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
03.15.12
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Air Traffic Management Future Concepts Team Meeting

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Future Concepts Team panel discussion

Senior FAA and airline representatives from the Future Concepts Team received a review of NASA's Air Traffic Management work during their visit from February 28 to March 1. The team is a part of the Collaborative Decision Making group, which is a joint FAA/industry initiative aimed at improving air traffic flow management through increased information exchange among aviation community stakeholders. During this meeting, NASA provided updates of their Air Traffic Management research as well as updates to FAA funded work. FAA funded work is aimed at understanding how Traffic Management Initiatives performed and how previous performance can inform future decisions. This effort includes database development as well as a machine learning research to develop relationships among disparate datasets. NASA also presented their work in airport surface scheduling, en-route dynamic weather routing, dynamic airspace configuration, and controller managed spacing. The team also received tours of the Vertical Motion Simulator, FutureFlight Center, Crew-Vehicle Systems Research Facility, and wind tunnels. During the last day, the FAA and airlines hosted a panel discussion on future concepts. This meeting was also reported in the Collaborative Decision-Making Group’s February newsletter. (POC: Kapil Sheth and Joey Rios)


NASA and Saab Sensis Researchers Observe Charlotte Airport Surface Operations

Screenshot of the Surface Operation Simulation and Scheduler (SOSS) tool
The Surface Operation Simulator and Scheduler

On February 23, researchers from NASA and Saab Sensis traveled to North Carolina to observe flight operations on the surface at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. They toured both the FAA air traffic control tower and the US Airways ramp control tower. Valuable information about gate, ramp, taxi, and runway procedures, in addition to first hand observations from the towers, was collected. The information will be used to enhance NASA's fast-time simulation of airport flight operations, named the Surface Operation Simulator and Scheduler (SOSS). SOSS is being used to develop tools for sequencing and scheduling departures and runway crossings at busy airports. The tools are designed to reduce the time that flights must wait on the taxiway before takeoff. Less time spent on the taxiway translates to less fuel burn, emissions, and noise at the airport. (POC: Robert Windhorst)


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