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Operational Integration Assessment (OIA) of NASA's Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSS) Completed
May 28, 2015

Group photo of the operational integration assessment joint team at the William J. Hughes technical center.
The 2015 NASA/FAA OIA Team at the FAA Tech Center (Click for larger image.)

The Operational Integration Assessment (OIA) was a joint FAA/NASA operational assessment of the FAA's Ground-based Interval Management for Spacing (GIM-S) integrated with NASA's Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSS) ground automation technology in an operational-like environment at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC). The OIA, with participation from the National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA), had the objective to identify TSS operational risks that need to be addressed prior to transitioning TSS from the laboratory to deployment in the National Airspace System (NAS). The operational risks are broad and include technical, policy and procedures, training, and TSS computer-human interface considerations. Formal data collection for the OIA, referred to as the Run for Record, was held May 12-21, 2015. About 40 participants took part, including 22 pseudo-pilots, 15 controllers, and 3 Traffic Manager Coordinators. The first two days were dedicated to training with both classroom and simulation training. The Run for Record targeted 18 data collection runs each carefully crafted to tease out certain potential risks. Three contingency runs were reserved on the last day to be used if needed. At the end of the Run for Record, 20 data collection runs were successfully conducted, each one essentially unique. Over the course of the next few months, the data, including controller feedback, will be consolidated and analyzed. The first planned OIA report is the Executive Summary, expected to be completed in early June. (POC: Kevin Witzberger)

SMART-NAS Distributed Display Evaluation
May 28, 2015

The Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) Test Bed (SNTB) team has developed an initial distributed display of Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) live-data feed and Aircraft Simulation for Traffic Operations Research (ASTOR) as one of the first steps towards the goal of building the test bed platform. The display is part of the platform infrastructure and it takes advantage of operating in the NASA/Amazon cloud, which enables the display to be visible across the country. Currently, both ASDI and ASTOR run independently in the cloud. The former uses Cesium, which is a free, open-source Web Graphics Library (WebGL) virtual globe and map engine, and the latter uses Google Earth as the display platforms. The SNTB effort will next integrate both systems into a single display. In both displays, one can examine the flights closely, for example, by zooming in at an airport. (POC: Kee Palopo)

This image shows an image of the globe with the United States in the center with thousands of dots across it that represent flights.
Figure 1: Initial state of ASDI live data displayed on Cesium with the red dots representing flights.

This image shows an aerial view of the San Francisco Airport. A yellow airplane icon is seen above the bay.
Figure 2: ASDI live data display on Cesium zoomed-in on SFO with a yellow flight icon showing an arrival.

This screenshot shows an aerial view of the United States near the Great Lakes region. Aircraft icons cover the region.
Figure 3: ASTOR display on Google Earth with blue flight icons representing 50 instances of ASTORs in a test scenario.

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