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Dr. Heinz Erzberger receives AIAA 2014 Intelligent Systems Award
October 21, 2013

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) presented their 2014 Intelligent Systems Award to Dr. Heinz Erzberger. The award recognizes important fundamental contributions to intelligent systems technologies and applications that advance the capabilities of aerospace systems. The award citation reads, “For pioneering research in developing intelligent systems that increase the efficiency and safety of aircraft and air traffic control operations.” Dr. Erzberger will formally receive the award at the upcoming January 2014 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech2014), in National Harbor, Maryland. Dr. Erzberger developed the basic algorithms for four-dimensional guidance and for fuel-optimum flight management that serve as the foundations for the Center-TRACON Automation System (CTAS) and the ensuing air traffic management (ATM) research and development accomplishments of the Aviation Systems Division. Dr. Erzberger holds two patents in the design of air traffic automation tools, is a Fellow of the AIAA and a Fellow of NASA Ames Research Center and was inducted into the Ames Hall of Fame in 2008. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering of the United States in 2010. After retiring from NASA in February 2006, Dr. Erzberger became an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at Stanford University. In early 2010, he returned to NASA Ames as an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) transferee from UCSC, and in addition to conducting ATM research on advanced concepts, serves as Senior Advisor in the Aviation Systems Division. (POC: Tom Davis)

Aviation Systems Division paper wins ATCA Technical Writing Award
October 21, 2013

A paper authored by Harry Swenson and John Robinson (NASA Ames Research Center) and Steve Winter (Raytheon Technical Services Co.) received first place in the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Technical Writing Awards. The paper, NASA's ATM Technology Demonstration-1: Moving NextGen Arrival Concepts from the Laboratory to the Operational NAS” was published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Air Traffic Control. It describes the development process employed by the ATD-1 project to test the integration of air traffic control automation technologies and implement them in an FAA Automation Platform (the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, or STARS) in an air traffic control simulation laboratory at NASA Ames. The ATD-1 operational concept, including descriptions of the Traffic Management Advisor with Terminal Metering (TMA-TM), Controller Managed Spacing (CMS) and Flight-deck Interval Management (FIM) components, and challenges and lessons learned in the integration of these elements, were described. (POC: Harry Swenson)

Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) 2013 Best in Session Award
October 21, 2013

Aviation Systems Division authors Jane Thipphavong, Jaewoo Jung, Harry Swenson, along with co-authors Lynne Martin (San Jose State University Foundation) and Melody Lin and Jimmy Nguyen (Optimal Synthesis, Inc.) received the Best Paper in Session Award for the Arrival Management session at the 32nd Digital Avionics Systems Conference in Syracuse, New York, October 2013. The paper, “Evaluation of the Terminal Sequencing and Spacing System for Performance-Based Navigation Arrivals,” describes key components of the Air traffic management Technology Demonstration-1 (ATD-1) suite of NASA technologies and the results of simulation evaluation of terminal sequencing and spacing. (POC: Jane Thipphavong)

Dynamic Weather Routes presented at UC Berkeley Seminar
October 21, 2013

Principal investigator David McNally gave an invited presentation of the Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) concept and American Airlines initial trial results at the University of California at Berkeley Transportation Seminar Series on Friday, October 18, 2013. The seminar, hosted by Professor Mark Hansen of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was attended by three faculty members and about 25 graduate students. Professor Hansen and his students also briefed on a variety of air traffic management research activities ongoing under the department's Transportation Engineering Program. (POC: Dave McNally)

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