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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
08.29.12
Division Highlights

Aero Day on the Hill – EDA Exhibit
August 29, 2012

Photo of Rich Coppenbarger discussing EDA with a visitor to the EDA exhibit booth during Aero Day on the Hill
Rich Coppenbarger demonstrates EDA to visitors during Aeronautics Day on the Hill

The Efficient Descent Advisor (EDA) was demonstrated during Aeronautics Day on the Hill, held July 18th at the Rayburn House-of-Representatives building in Washington, DC. The event – the first of its kind devoted solely to NASA Aeronautics – provided an opportunity for members of congress to learn about how the Agency is making air transportation more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly. EDA was showcased as an example of NASA technology that was developed in partnership with industry and recently transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for deployment in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The exhibit explained and demonstrated how air-traffic controllers can use EDA to reduce fuel consumption and environmental emissions by allowing aircraft to perform continuous descents in busy traffic conditions where time-based metering is in effect. Visitors to the overall event included 11 members of Congress along with congressional staff and interns. The 206 staff members in attendance included 7 professional staff for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and all professional staff for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The compelling EDA exhibit - guided by NASA and FAA personnel – received a steady stream of visitors eager to learn more about the underlying technology and NASA's role in the modernizing the air-traffic system. (POC: Rich Coppenbarger)

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