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Terminal Sequencing and Spacing-2 (TSS-2) Simulation
April 18, 2012

This screenshot shows arrival tracks at Phoenix Airport without the use of terminal spacing tools and shows a lot of vectoring.
Baseline, No Tools
This screenshot shows arrival tracks at Phoenix Airport with the use of terminal spacing tools and shows very little vectoring compared to the previous screenshot.
ATD-1 Tools Aided
X-Y Tracks of Arrivals in Phoenix Airspace During Simulation of ATD-1 Technologies

In April 2013, the Division hosted the successful completion of a two-week, high-fidelity Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulation of the Air traffic management Technology Demonstration-1 (ATD-1) technologies, focusing on the ATD-1 ground scheduling and control tool which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has adopted, and is calling Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSS). MITRE's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) conducted an independent evaluation of the TSS technologies with active FAA controllers from New York, Boston and Phoenix ATC facilities in the NASA Ames N210 ATC laboratory. The TSS system was evaluated using four different high-density ATC simulations of the Phoenix airspace with traffic levels exceeding 120% of current operations, and using advanced FAA Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures coupled with current procedures. The simulations varied the environmental conditions and compared performance of the TSS system contrasted with current operations. The initial results indicated that using the TSS technologies, controllers could successfully execute the advanced PBN procedures simultaneously with the current procedures, with less delay and higher throughput than without the TSS tools. (POC: Harry Swenson & Jane Thipphavong)

Air Traffic Management Human Factors Workshop
April 18, 2013

On Wednesday, April 10, an Air Traffic Management (ATM) Human Factors Workshop was held at NASA Ames Research Center. About 30 Ames human factors researchers, primarily from the Human Systems Integration Division (Code TH) and the Aviation Systems Division (AF), who have performed air traffic control and flight-deck human factors evaluations primarily in support of the Airspace Systems Program and the Aviation Safety Program, participated in the workshop. The goal of the workshop was to share ATM best practices and lessons learned gained from past experience with ATM human factors evaluations. There were four research themes discussed: workload evaluation, abnormal events, trust in automation, and methodological research issues. Participants shared issues and recommendations for evaluating workload, challenges in experiment design and subject recruitment, how to capture off-nominal performance and evaluate user trust and automation trustworthiness. The workshop facilitated a healthy exchange of techniques and practices that will help in conducting human performance research moving forward. Feedback from the participants was generally very positive in terms of the content and format of the discussion, and there was great interest in a follow-on meeting that may include a broader range of participants. (POC: Sandy Lozito)

Congratulations to the ARMD Associate Administrator Award Winners for 2012!
April 18, 2013

Dr. Jaiwon Shin presents Josh Holladay with the ARMD award.
Dr. Jaiwon Shin (L), Associate Administrator for ARMD, presents Josh Holladay (R) with his award.

The Aviation Systems Division (AF) is pleased to congratulate our local award winners from this year's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Awards:

High Potentials (Individual award) – Mr. Joshua Holladay, was honored for his work as an intern in the division where he enhanced a version of ACES (the Airspace Concept Evaluation System) such that both airborne- and ground-based separation concepts can be represented and tested simultaneously and impartially, and also developed a software configuration management capability for the Advanced Airspace Concept (AAC).

The division was also recognized with an honorable mention award for Technology and Innovation (Group) to the Controller Managed Spacing (CMS)/Air traffic management Technology Demonstration - 1 (ATD-1) team, which included AF division staff, as well as research partners from the Human Systems Integration Division (TH), the Intelligent Systems Division (TI) and Langley Research Center.

Finally, we congratulate our honorary AF member, Dr. Parimal Kopardekar (Concepts and Technology Development Project Manager) for his honorable mention in Leadership and Excellence (Individual).

For details on these awards and to see all of the award winners, please visit the ARMD website.

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