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October 19, 2016

NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration-3 (ATD-3) team members met with National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA) representatives on October 12, 2016 at the NATCA Headquarters in Washington, DC. NASA provided an overview of the ATD-3 sub-project and the groups identified a need for greater interaction on ATD-3 technologies. The Dynamic Reroutes for Arrivals in Weather (DRAW) concept was also presented, along with potential benefit mechanisms for traffic managers and controllers and implementation details. DRAW addresses a need for the Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) system to maintain schedule accuracy during convective weather events and accomplishes this through the use of a trial planning feature, which was discussed during the meeting. NATCA provided positive feedback, and further collaboration between the organizations is anticipated. (POC: Kapil Sheth)

Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) Technical Interchange Meeting
October 19, 2016

Under the Airspace Technology Demonstration-3 (ATD-3) subproject, NASA has been performing research and development of 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 was transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on September 23, 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. A NASA-FAA Technical Interchange Meeting was held at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC on October 13, 2016. FAA and MITRE representatives were provided with a DWR concept presentation and a description of the technology transfer documents. The groups discussed implementation details of the delivered products. (POC: Kapil Sheth)

ATD-2 Integrated Surface and Airspace Simulation (ISAS)
October 19, 2016

Representatives from the ATD-2 Experiment Team assemble for a group photo in the new smaller-scale virtual air traffic control tower.

On October 12, 2016, the Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) Experiment Team performed a successful human-in-the-loop (HITL) test of connecting the airspace and surface traffic simulators, Multi-Aircraft Control System (MACS) and Air Traffic Generator (ATG), at two NASA Ames Research Center facilities, FutureFlight Central (FFC) and the Airspace Operations Laboratory (AOL). The test utilized the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and the surrounding airspace with approximately 100 simulated flights that included both arrivals and departures. Participants included one CLT Ground and two Local Controllers managing flights using the ATG system at FFC, and a total of five feeder and departure sector controllers using MACS at the AOL. The FFC also featured a new smaller-scale virtual Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) to support the test. Future work will entail integrating the 360-degree airline ramp tower simulator to evaluate the ATD-2 ramp management tool's tactical scheduler, which provides more efficient pushback times from the gate. Future test scenarios will also feature increased traffic levels, turnaround flights, and Approval Request (APREQ) procedures between the Center and Tower. This completed test is a major step towards a HITL demonstration of the full suite of the ATD-2 tools planned for early March. (POC: Savita Verma)

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