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NASA's North Texas Research Station (NTX) Hosts FAA's Assistant Administrator for NextGen, Edward Bolton
June 25, 2015

On June 22, 2015, the NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX) hosted a visit from the Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen organization, including the Assistant Administrator, Edward Bolton; the Chief Scientist, Steve Bradford; and the Director for Portfolio Management and Technology Development, Paul Fontaine. Mr. Bolton and his colleagues were briefed on the ATD-2 technologies Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) and the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC), and other tools, which were demonstrated with live data from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (North Carolina). The tour also included a presentation on novel surveillance technologies for underequipped airports, observation of PDRC in operational use at Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), and an American Airlines demonstration of the NASA Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) tool at their Integrated Operations Center (IOC). NTX capabilities and research partnerships were highlighted at this well-received visit. (POC: Paul Borchers)

Dynamic Weather Routes Demonstration for Sabre Airline Solutions
June 25, 2015

Representatives from Sabre Airline Solutions visited NASA Ames Research Center on June 18, 2015 and requested a demonstration of the Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) system. Dave McNally and Kapil Sheth provided a detailed briefing and demonstration of DWR capabilities and the testing at American Airlines. Sabre representatives were interested in whether DWR route advisories could be output to a system like Flight Explorer, a Sabre product used by airline operators and others, to facilitate easy alerting to flight dispatchers. Such an approach would be a potential implementation path for systems like DWR. Sabre visitors included Daria Pulyaeva, Senior Product Manager, Sabre AirCentre Flight Explorer; Steve Hansen, Solutions Manager, Flight Planning and ACARS; and Michael Hoppin, Global SCOE/AirCentre. (POC: Dave McNally)

Webinar for Safety and Mission Assurance Discussion Forum
June 25, 2015

The lessons learned from the October 2014 runway incursion close call by a small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at Moffett Federal Airfield were briefed in a webinar as part of a Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Discussion Forum on June 23, 2015. Panelists reviewed current NASA Procedural Requirements and updates from several center UAS experiences. The panelists were Gerrit Everson, Wallops Flight Facility; Jeff Hill, Langley Research Center; and Todd Farley, Ames Research Center. More than 140 NASA personnel from across the Agency attended this interactive, 90-minute virtual forum, which included a lively question and answer period. The event was recorded and will be available for replay on the SMA website to support NASA personnel involved in UAS operations for their mission needs. (POC: Todd Farley)

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