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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
First ATD-2 Shadow Evaluation successfully conducted at Charlotte Airport
July 20, 2016

On July 12-14, 2016, representatives from the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and Charlotte Airport (CLT, North Carolina) operations collaborated with NASA researchers in the recently-dedicated CLT lab at the Charlotte Airport for the first Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) shadow evaluation. The evaluation successfully introduced users to the CLT lab, including demonstrations of the existing system user interfaces and the ATD-2 predictive modeling capability. Feedback was gained on the proposed shadow evaluation process, and specific capability feedback will be incorporated into the ATD-2 system. The next shadow session is scheduled for August 23-25, 2016 and will focus on evaluating ATD-2 ramp management tools with American Airlines ramp personnel. A separate follow up shadow session with FAA ATCT is also anticipated during this timeframe. (POC: Al Capps)

Participants at CLT ATD-2 Shadow Evaluation

Photo of the ATD-2 lab at Charlotte Douglas International Airport



UTM Flight Test #2 Checkout Completed
July 20, 2016

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) subproject completed its Flight Test #2 checkout on July 1, 2016 at the Reno-Stead UAS Test Range, Zone A in Nevada. This checkout test was the first UTM flight test executed as a joint operation between NASA, the Reno-Stead Airport (RTS), and the Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems (NIAS). In this collaboration between NASA, RTS, and NIAS, various processes and procedures were merged to be agreeable to all three entities. Approximately fifty participants from NASA Ames, NASA Langley, and commercial partners were involved in the planning and execution of the checkout.

Five Cat I UASs (two fixed-wings and three multi-rotors), were flown during the checkout. Most of the test objectives were met, including evaluating a surveillance warning region, flight crew communication protocols, and human factors data collection methods. A test objective to establish and test a UTM Research Coordinator position remains a work in progress. The UTM team will be performing a third checkout in August 2016 at RTS. (POC: Kevin Witzberger)

Photo of the Reno-Stead Airport building

Photo of the UTM Nevada test site


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