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US Airways Meeting to Discuss Airport Surface Research
June 28, 2013

Screenshot of SARDA
The Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) tool

On June 19-20, 2013, US Airways analysts and ramp managers met with the Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) team at NASA Ames. In May, NASA and US Airways signed a Non-Reimbursable Space Act Agreement to jointly build and test decision support automation for airline ramp operators, and this meeting was one of the first formal activities to take place under the Agreement. During the meeting, NASA and US Airways provided updates on their respective research plans and goals. The NASA/SARDA team gave presentations and demonstrations specifically featuring the status of the development efforts for the Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) simulation of SARDA planned for Summer 2014. Among the discussions of next steps, US Airways agreed to provide staff to participate in the critical design reviews for the next several SARDA simulations. NASA researchers will also visit Charlotte Douglas International Airport (Charlotte, North Carolina) in the next few months to further enhance the development of simulator graphics of the airport and relevant automation tools. (POC: Sandy Lozito)

Air traffic management Technology Demonstration-1 (ATD-1) System Integration Testing
June 28, 2013

Screenshot of Controller Managed Spacing Tools
Screenshot of ATD-1 Controller Managed Spacing tools

A full system integration test and simulation was performed June 24-28, 2013 in support of ongoing ATD-1 development. The testing examined the performance of new software emulating both the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA's) En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) and Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) interfaces, and the research Traffic Management Advisor (rTMA) software for the Fully-Integrated ATD-1 Technology (FIAT)-3 experiment scheduled for August 2013. The testing and simulations included a full controller complement using either NASA's newly acquired STARS capabilities or Multi-Aircraft Control System (MACS) STARS emulation. The controllers and pilots enabled the team to collect data on system interface issues, debug system problems, prepare software enhancements for all components, and practice failure modes during heavy traffic conditions. The FIAT-3 team is now well prepared for the final software checkout in July 2013. (POC: Kevin Witzberger)

Operations at Albuquerque Center (ZAB) to support FIAT-3 Experiment
June 28, 2013

Members of the ATD-1 team traveled to the FAA ZAB Air Route Traffic Control Center June 24-25, 2013, to observe operations at, and gain experience with, the proposed ATD-1 test facility. The team observed operations in the Traffic Management Unit and the actual sectors that will be simulated in the FIAT-3 experiment. The team met with the ZAB Airspace Manager, Traffic Management Officer and members of the facilities plans and procedures team in an effort to improve realism in the upcoming ATD-1 simulation activities. (POC: Harry Swenson)

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