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Dr. Parimal Kopardekar Highlighted
July 12, 2017

Dr. Parimal Kopardekar was recently highlighted as one of the most influential people in the commercial drone industry, by Commercial UAV News. Read the article here.

ATD-2 Quarterly Update to Surface Collaborative Decision Making Team
July 12, 2017

On June 30, 2017, NASA participated in the joint government/industry Surface Collaborative Decision Making Team (SCT) meeting. The session began with an update from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the status of the Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) program. The remainder of the session was devoted to technical interchange on 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), and included a review of efforts to capture and report hard-to-quantify benefits provided by the ATD-2 Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) system; a preview of the IADS system development roadmap for the coming year as NASA builds toward ATD-2 Phase 2; and a discussion about reducing barriers to successful technology transfer. The SCT remains engaged with ATD-2 plans, and will be integral in the technology transfer process to FAA and industry. (POC: Al Capps)

ATD-2 Team Completes Technical Support Workshop
July 12, 2017

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On July 6-7, 2017, Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) researchers and engineers attended an end-user technical support workshop held at NASA's North Texas Research Station (NTX), Fort Worth, TX. This workshop focused on preparing a core group of engineers to support users of the ATD-2 Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) systems which are being deployed to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air carrier, and airport operational facilities across Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and the FAA's Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, VA. In preparation for the late September “go live” date of the ATD-2 Phase I field demonstration, engineers reviewed the physical and logical architecture of the deployed systems as well as the complex integration of the numerous components that will enable the IADS concept demonstration. The team worked through mock scenarios of system problems to develop their skills in identifying and solving potential issues. The group also discussed procedures and logistics and are prepared to continue to train through the Operational Shadow Evaluation (OSE1) period. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)

ATD-2 Highlighted at National Customer Forum
July 12, 2017

On June 15, 2017, NASA was invited to speak at the National Customer Forum held at the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) David J. Hurley Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Warrenton, VA. The audience included representatives from the major U.S passenger and cargo airlines, general aviation, FAA, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). NASA presented an overview of the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) concept and technology maturation effort leading up to the Phase 1 Field Demonstration, focusing on the benefit to industry and FAA at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Interactions during the meeting provided unique perspectives on the benefits of ATD-2 technology, and further emphasized the need for strong collaboration. The audience expressed their appreciation for the NASA-led overviews and technical discussions and their desire for continued engagement on ATD-2 going forward. (POC: Al Capps)

Third Engineering Shadow Evaluation Completed for the ATD-2 Phase 1 Field Demonstration
July 12, 2017

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On June 27-28, 2017, the third Engineering Shadow Evaluation for the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Phase 1 Field Demonstration (ESE1) was conducted at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Field Demo partners from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), CLT Airport Ops, American Airlines (AAL), FAA Headquarters, and CLT Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) participated in the ESE1. The NASA team introduced recently developed capabilities of the Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) system at the AAL Ramp Tower and CLT ATCT backroom areas. These capabilities included refinements to the surface management user interfaces and analysis dashboard, a what-if capability, and a chat application for use by Traffic Managers. In the NASA Charlotte ATD-2 lab (CLTlab), participants gave feedback on these capabilities and with the NASA team, discussed finalizing training processes and methods, benefits analysis, and data sharing. Field demo partners also reviewed and approved the IADS system readiness for the Operational Shadow Evaluation (OSE1) and the OSE1 plans and procedures, to support the Phase 1 Field Demonstration. The focus of OSE1 is to evaluate readiness for operational use, and will include controller training and baseline human factors data collection. During OSE1, which is scheduled to start on July 10 and continue through September 2017, operational users will assess the ATD-2 system via live-data shadow testing in the operational areas where the IADS system has been fully deployed (CLT ATCT/Terminal Radar Approach Control [TRACON] and AAL Ramp Tower). Successful completion of the OSE1 will be the final checkpoint before commencing the Phase 1 Field Demonstration on September 29. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)

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