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Second SARDA Human-in-the-Loop Simulation Evaluation Completed
February 28, 2014

On February 18-20, 2014, the Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) team successfully conducted its second human-in-the-loop (HITL) simulation experiment using the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) surface traffic model. This HITL simulation was built upon the software and hardware developed in the first HITL simulation (December 2013). The objective of this recent simulation was to examine usability and functionality of the Ramp Traffic Console (RTC), NASA's new touchscreen-based user interface for ramp controllers. Two current CLT ramp controllers from US Airways and four pseudo-pilots participated in the study. Results from the simulation, in which SARDA's scheduling functions were not tested, demonstrated lower self-reported controller workload relative to today's paper-strip system and resulted in positive feedback from the ramp controllers. The third HITL simulation (planned for late April 2014), will incorporate SARDA pushback time advisories via the RTC with dynamic updates as the traffic situation evolves. (POC: Miwa Hayashi)


Dallas-Ft. Worth Chief Executive Officer Sean Donohue visits NASA's North Texas Research Station (NTX)
February 28, 2014

Group photo of meeting participants
From L to R: Paul Borchers (NASA), Paul Martinez (DFW Airport), Jim Crites (DFW Airport), Keenan Roach (UARC), Sean Donohue (DFW Airport), Jody Null (UARC), Shawn Engelland (NASA), Kevin Day (Mosaic ATM), J.D. Sanders (UARC).

On February 24, 2014, Mr. Sean Donohue, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) visited NASA's North Texas Research Station (NTX) in Fort Worth, Texas, to learn more about NASA's ATM research and the NTX laboratory's role as a national NextGen TestBed. Mr. Donohue, who became DFW Airport CEO in October 2013, was accompanied by Mr. Jim Crites, Executive Vice President of DFW Airport Operations, and Mr. Paul Martinez, Vice President of DFW Airport Operations. In addition to touring NASA's research laboratory and systems installed at the DFW TRACON and Fort Worth Center, NASA researchers and NTX facility staff provided overviews of NASA's Airspace Systems Program research and specific demonstrations of the recent technology transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC) as well as the decision support automation collaboration with American Airlines, the Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) tool. (POC: Shawn Engelland)

Photo of meeting participants engaged in a discussion.


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