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Subject Matter Expert (SME) Evaluation of Multi-Flight Common Routes (MFCR)
November 9, 2016

Photo of two simulation participants sitting at a computer station and observing the monitor running the MFCR tool.

An SME evaluation of the MFCR tool was conducted in the Air Traffic Control Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center on November 1-4, 2016. MFCR is a NASA-developed concept and associated decision support tool designed to assist air traffic flow managers to efficiently update weather avoidance routes after the original re-routes have become “stale” due to subsequent evolution of the convective weather system. MFCR groups multiple flights to reduce the number of advisories that the traffic flow manager needs to evaluate, and also merges these flights on a common route segment to provide an orderly flow of re-routed traffic. Five SMEs, all recently retired FAA traffic flow managers, provided feedback on the MFCR tool and its concept of use. Specific topics of evaluation included the operational acceptability of MFCR re-route advisories, the usability of the MFCR tool's graphical user interface, and overall viability of the MFCR tool’s concept of use. Data was collected across a total of 200 evaluation points. Feedback from the SMEs was overall very positive, indicating that MFCR presented many time-saving re-routing opportunities that would be difficult to identify manually during air traffic operations in bad weather conditions. (POC: Karl Bilimoria)



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