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Sixth ATD-2 Shadow Evaluation completed in CLTlab
February 3, 2017

Photo of people engaged in discussion at the ATD2 lab in the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

On January 24-26, 2017, the sixth Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Shadow Evaluation was held in the Charlotte ATD-2 lab (CLTlab) during which Charlotte Air Traffic Control Tower (CLT ATCT) traffic managers, American Airlines (AAL) ramp controllers, CLT airport operations representatives, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and NASA personnel met for discussions and demonstrations of the ATD-2 system with live data. Each day of the shadow evaluation included an overview and demonstration of new software capabilities to enable data exchange and integration between ATCT and ramp controllers for enhanced situational awareness. The demonstration of these features allowed for users to discuss efficient ways of collaboration and information sharing that further refined the requirements for the ATD-2 team. A prototype of a real-time reporting tool was also demonstrated to the users in order to solicit feedback and discuss in more detail benefits related measures of performance. In addition, tactical surface metering concepts were introduced during the shadow evaluation along with a demonstration of the proposed functionality. The broad participation during this event allowed for significant dialogue and continued momentum of the ATD-2 field demonstration. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)

ATD-2 Engagement with the Surface Collaborative Decision Making Team
February 3, 2017

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On January 25, 2017, NASA participated in the joint government/industry Surface Collaborative Decision Making Team (SCT) meeting in Washington, DC. The SCT meets quarterly and consists of representatives from the major U.S. passenger and cargo airlines, general aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). The team provides broad stakeholder input on requirements, policy, and procedures related to surface traffic-flow automation and data exchange. Briefings covered an update on the status and deployment plans for the Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) program and the effects of early scheduling of departures into time-based traffic flows, and the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2). NASA presented an update on recent progress made towards the Phase 1 field demonstration at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), status on the cost/benefits analysis, and a preliminary study of the accuracy of airline gate departure intent data at CLT as a function of look-ahead time and airline category. The meeting provided an opportunity for gaining valuable input on ATD-2 data collection plans for measuring benefits and for refining the investigation of departure intent accuracy. The SCT expressed their appreciation for the NASA-led overviews and technical discussions and their desire for continued engagement on ATD-2 going forward. (POC: Rich Coppenbarger)

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