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ATD-2 Familiarization for FAA Executives
June 7, 2017

Photograph of FAA executives and ATD-2 staff in a CLT tower surrounding a monitor and seemingly in discussion.

On May 31, 2017, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) executive leadership from the Air Traffic and NextGen organizations visited Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) for Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) familiarization. FAA leadership included the Chief Operating Officer of the Air Traffic Organization, accompanied by vice presidents (VPs) for Terminal Services and Program Management, and the deputy VP for System Operations as well as the Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator for NextGen and several Directors from the NextGen Organization. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) representative for the FAA Program Management Organization also attended. NASA Ames Research Center leadership was represented by the Director and Deputy Director of Aeronautics and the ATD Project Manager. The ATD-2 team and ATD-2 field demo partners representing American Airlines, NATCA, the FAA Tower, and TRACON at CLT provided overview briefings and demonstrations of the Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) system in the NASA lab located in the old terminal building at CLT. Demonstrations were also hosted at the FAA Tower and TRACON and CLT Ramp Tower and the ATD-2 IADS system installations in the back room and operational areas. The briefings, demos, and tours provided several opportunities for substantive dialogues amongst all participants. The FAA executives expressed appreciation for the familiarization visit and satisfaction with progress towards the ATD-2 Phase 1 Field Demonstration set to begin in September 2017. (POC: Shawn Engellend)

Second Engineering Shadow Evaluation Completed for the ATD-2 Phase 1 Field Demonstration
June 7, 2017

The second Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Engineering Shadow Evaluation for the Phase 1 Field Demonstration (ESE1) was conducted at the American Airlines (AAL) ramp tower and in the Charlotte ATD-2 lab (CLTlab) May 30-June 2, 2017. Training and system familiarization sessions were held over two days in the AAL ramp tower, with ramp controllers using the Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) prototype systems in the operational floor and backroom areas for hands-on experience using the IADS system running with live data. Data exchange and integration features were demonstrated and detailed information regarding their use and implementation was provided. The NASA team also hosted a meeting with Charlotte Air Traffic Control Tower (CLT ATCT) traffic managers, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and AAL ramp controllers to discuss the ESE1 process and timeline, the steps taken to ensure software features for the Phase I Field Demonstration have been implemented as agreed upon, the training procedures in development, and the infrastructure for operational use. Microbenefits analysis, focusing on characterizing the typical traffic banks at CLT to help identify potential off-nominal events that may occur during operational use, was also discussed. The third ESE1 session will be conducted June 27-29, 2017, where a System Readiness Decision will be evaluated prior to beginning the Operational Shadow Evaluations for the Phase 1 Field Demonstration (OSE1). (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)

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