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Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Project Completes FAA Safety Risk Management Review of Phase 1 Field Demonstration
May 17, 2017

Photograph of the ATD-2 Safety Risk Management Review members in discussion in a conference room.

On May 9-11, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted a Safety Risk Management (SRM) review of the ATD-2 Phase 1 Field Demonstration at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, NC. NASA and its field demo partners will demonstrate ATD-2 integrated surface metering and airspace departure scheduling technologies at the American Airlines Ramp Control Tower, the FAA Charlotte Airport Air Traffic Control Tower, and the FAA Washington En Route Center starting in late 2017. The SRM panel was comprised of FAA, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and American Airlines representatives responsible for implementing operational changes, accepting the risks, validating identified controls, and implementing safety mitigations. During the review, the teams focused on assessing the safety impacts related to the integration of the ATD-2 system with the FAA's Time Based Flow Management (TBFM) system and risks associated with the ATD-2 system, Phase 1 Concept of Use, and field demo site operations. The SRM panel’s report is expected to conclude that the ATD-2 project did not increase any safety risks on operations and its users. The results will be included in an SRM Document, which will complete a key step before operational use of the ATD-2 system. (POC: Al Capps)

ICAO Announces UTM Harmonization Effort
May 17, 2017

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has been requested to serve as the global civil aviation facilitator to assist with the challenge of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), recently announced a request for information (RFI) focused on UAS Traffic Management (UTM). In the RFI, ICAO specifically indicates that they are seeking to create a common framework to “facilitate harmonization between UTM systems globally and enable industry, including manufacturers, service providers, and end users to grow safely and efficiently without disrupting the existing manned aviation system.” ICAO's outline of the fundamental elements of the UTM construct reflect the NASA-developed UTM concept. This harmonization effort will help ensure that U.S. Industry will be able to continue to use the UTM project’s operational concept and guidelines in worldwide operations. (POC: Parimal Kopdardekar)

Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for Development of an Airborne Low Cost, Size, Weight, and Power (C-SWaP) Surveillance System for Detecting and Tracking Non-Cooperative Aircraft
May 17, 2017

The Unmanned Aviation Systems in the National Airspace System (UAS/NAS) Project has released solicitation number NND17617089C to jointly develop, with NASA, a prototype airborne low-Cost, Size, Weight, and Power (C-SWaP) surveillance system to detect and track non-cooperative aircraft that supports the UAS/NAS Project's Detect and Avoid (DAA) system in two scheduled flight tests. (POC: Confesor Santiago)

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