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Surface CDM Team Meeting at Charlotte
September 28, 2016

Photo of Surface CDM and ATD2 team members assembled for a photo in the ATD2 lab at CLT.
Surface CDM Team and ATD-2 team members

On September 21, 2016, NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) team provided a demonstration to the joint Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/industry Surface Collaborative decision-making (CDM) Team (SCT) on the ATD-2 automation operating at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport laboratory (CLTLab) with live input data. The SCT includes representatives from the major U.S. commercial airlines and general aviation industry, and they visited the lab as part of a meeting held at the American Airlines training center. NASA provided an overview of recent shadow testing activities at CLT and the plans to evaluate the strategic departure-scheduling component of ATD-2 – a component based on automation previously developed by the SCT. The groups discussed the availability and accuracy of airline flight-readiness information required for trajectory predictions in ATD-2 that extend from the gate prior to pushback. They also discussed current airline on-time departure metrics that are potentially at odds with metering holds prescribed at the gate. The SCT expressed willingness to provide data to NASA and collaborate on ways to redefine on-time departure metrics during metering operations. The team was encouraged by the progress observed in the Charlotte lab and expressed their enthusiasm for continued engagement with NASA on ATD-2. (POC: Rich Coppenbarger)

CLTLab hosts third Engineering Shadow Evaluation
September 28, 2016

Photo of about a dozen ATD2 researchers gathered in a room and sitting at a table watching a presentation.
Engineering shadow evaluation session

NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) researchers hosted a third session of engineering shadow evaluations with Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and American Airlines (AAL) ramp controllers on September 20 and 22, 2016, at the NASA CLT Lab. Participants included ATCT controllers, Traffic Management Coordinators (TMCs), NATCA, FAA ANG, AAL Integrated Operations Center (IOC), AAL CLT ramp, and AAL CLT airport operations. The evaluation focused on the foundational data exchange and integration among users that is required for collaborative decision making. Participants offered valuable feedback on topics such as sharing of airport configuration, ground stops, closures and a number of other areas that enable common situational awareness, and also provided feedback on the manner in which data exchange and integration will be handled with the ATD-2 system tools and technology. The next operational shadow session will be held on October 19, 2016, bringing together both Washington Center personnel and CLT FAA participants. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)

Airspace Technology Demonstration-3 (ATD-3) Technology Transfer 1 Completed
September 28, 2016

Under the Airspace Technology Demonstration-3 (ATD-3) subproject, NASA has been performing research and development on technologies that help airspace users to avoid convective weather and gain flight time and fuel savings via flight plan route corrections in en route airspace. The first of three research transition products defined by the Applied Traffic Flow Management Research Transition Team plan were transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in September 2016, including NASA's Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) concept of operations, 23 DWR-focused technical publications, functional and performance requirements, and prototype software and documentation. (POC: Kapil Sheth)

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