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NASA-FAA ATD-2 Collaboration Commences at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
July 23, 2015

On July 16, 2015, NASA Ames and several stakeholder organizations joined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Assistant Administrator for NextGen, Ed Bolton, to kick off collaboration on the Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) / Departure Metering at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (Charlotte, North Carolina). Improving airport surface operations is a high priority for the FAA, and NASA's ATD-2 project was seen as a critical activity for addressing the NextGen Integration Working Group (NIWG) stakeholder recommendations for surface improvements. The ATD-2 efforts will increase aircraft arrival, departure and surface movement predictability and efficiency in metroplex traffic environments by integrating evolving collaborative decision making (CDM) capabilities with state-of-the-art air traffic management scheduling technologies (including NASA's Spot and Runway Departure Advisor [SARDA] and Precision Departure Release Capability [PDRC]), and leveraging FAA and industry technologies. ATD-2 will also enable more effective CDM through enhanced two-way sharing of prediction and scheduling information. Charlotte Airport will serve as the test site for the initial ATD-2 demonstration of a NextGen departure metering capability consistent with the FAA's Surface CDM Concept of Operations. NASA participants at the kick off meeting included Ms. Huy Tran, the Ames Director of Aeronautics (acting), and Mr. Leighton Quon and Mr. Shawn Engelland, key project leads from the Airspace Operations and Safety Program and ATD-2 subproject. The stakeholders were represented by leadership from American Airlines, Charlotte Airport, FAA Next Gen and National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and local, regional, and national FAA offices, who were enthusiastic and supportive of the proposed activities at the kickoff meeting. (POC: Shawn Engelland)

UAS Flight Test Demonstration Day
July 23, 2015

Photo of the Ikhana UAS as it flies in a blue sky.
The Ikhana Unmanned Aircraft System

The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration into the National Airspace System (NAS) Project hosted a Flight Test demonstration at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center on July 7, 2015. The flight tests support validation of Detect and Avoid (DAA) alerting times and advisories which include a series of scripted encounters between NASA's Ikhana Predator B class aircraft and confederate intruder aircraft. Background briefings on the project research and an overview of the flight testing activities were provided, as well as a tour of the Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) system lab to witness live encounter sorties. In the lab, streaming video from Ikhana's on-board camera was depicted next to data from the aircraft's airborne radar. A duplicate of the ground control station display including the DAA advisories under test was available for the researchers to describe how the DAA information is presented to the pilot. The attendees included NASA's Integrated Aviation Systems Program Director Ed Waggoner and Deputy Director Lee Noble, NASA Armstrong Center Director David McBride and Director for Programs Dennis Hines, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA's) Steve Weidner from NATCA, and Linden Blue from General Atomics. (POC: Jimy Murphy)

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