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NASA Attendance at BADA User Group Meeting
September 24, 2015

Eurocontrol's Base of Aircraft Data (BADA) is a collection of Aircraft Performance Models (APMs) that is used to generate aircraft trajectories. BADA is the standard for APMs used in Air Traffic Management research. The BADA User Group meeting has traditionally been hosted by Eurocontrol in France, but was held for the first time in the United States September 9-10, 2015 in Washington, DC, hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing. The meeting was attended by over 60 government and corporate participants, with more than 50% from non-US organizations. Aviation Systems Division staff attended the meeting, which included presentations on research and applications of BADA, as well as future additions to BADA with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) models for the Global Hawk and Predator, a standalone trajectory calculator, and a dedicated helicopter model. (POC: Alan Lee)



Federal Express Team Visits Aviation Systems Division
September 24, 2015

Members of the FedEx Air Traffic Operations, Flight Technical, and Global Operations Control organizations visited the Aviation Systems Division on September 17, 2015. Dan Allen, Josh Kendrick, and Paul Tronsor were briefed on NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD) projects, and gained detailed presentations and demonstrations on Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSAS), Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) and the National Airspace System Constraint Evaluation and Notification Tool (NASCENT, a NAS-based implementation of the DWR concept). The FedEx team was enthusiastic and appreciative; they saw potential benefits for TSAS operations at Memphis Center, and expressed interest in operational testing of DWR enhancements at their Global Operations Control Center as well as exploring NASCENT's capabilities to evaluate reroute opportunities across the NAS. The Division researchers gained insight into the potential for collaboration with FedEx, especially given FedEx's leadership in adopting and implementing DataComm in their fleet. (POC: John Robinson, Dave McNally, Kapil Sheith)



ATD-2 Technology Familiarization Meeting at NTX
September 24, 2015

Photo of meeting participants in the NTX lab. They are seated in front of monitors showing surface management tools.

On September 16-17, 2015 the NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX) (Fort Worth, Texas) hosted a technology familiarization meeting for the Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) project. NASA Ames Research Center personnel met with key stakeholders from American Airlines, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT). 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]), while also leveraging FAA and industry technologies. CLT 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. After reviewing ATD-2 objectives, the nine visitors participated in tactical scheduling demonstrations of SARDA and PDRC and discussions on software harmonization efforts and operational considerations. The group also observed PDRC displays in operational use in Fort Worth En Route Center. (POC: Paul Borchers)



Interchange with FAA on processes, procedures, and policy for departure metering
September 24, 2015

NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) researchers met with representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Surface Efficiency Office (SEO), September 16-17, 2015 at NASA Ames Research Center to gain insight into processes, procedures, and policy (P3) relevant to the project. The FAA launched the P3 initiative to collaborate with airlines and airport authorities on issues pertaining to departure metering automation. Such issues include the provision of pushback intent data by airlines and potential conflicts of interest between metering holds at the gate and existing on-time performance metrics reported to the Department of Transportation. FAA representatives expressed their view that neither NASA nor the FAA should attempt to directly influence reportable on-time metrics to accommodate new concepts such as ATD-2. The FAA also stressed the importance of monitoring the accuracy of airline pushback intent data to prevent gaming of the system for competitive advantage. There was general agreement by all participants on the importance of data collection and benefits analysis from simulations and field activities to allow a data driven approach to decisions affecting technology deployment, stakeholder participation, and the future regulatory environment. Ms. Pat Bynum, Senior Advisor to the SEO, led the FAA's participation at the meeting. (POC: Rich Coppenbarger)



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