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ATD-2 Operational Training for the Phase 1 Field Demonstration
August 16, 2017

On August 7-11, 2017, the NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Team conducted operational training for users in the Phase 1 Field Demonstration, planned for the end of September at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). During the Field Demonstration, American Airlines (AAL) Ramp Managers and Controllers and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Traffic Managers in the CLT Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) will use the ATD-2 Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) system to collaboratively manage surface traffic at CLT to achieve departure metering goals. The ATD-2 IADS system will also help FAA Traffic Managers at CLT ATCT and Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC, or Center) to smoothly merge flights departing CLT into the busy overhead traffic flows. The classroom instruction and hands-on training was conducted at CLT in the NASA Lab (CLTlab) and in the backroom areas at the FAA ATCT and AAL Ramp Tower. Twenty-eight AAL Ramp Traffic Managers and Controllers were trained on the Ramp Traffic Console (RTC) and Ramp Manager Traffic Console (RMTC) that will be used to provide flight intent information such as pushback time and holds. Seventeen FAA Traffic Managers and Supervisors were trained to use the Surface Trajectory-Based Operations (STBO) Client that will be used to automate the Call For Release (CFR) process between CLT ATCT and Washington Center. User manuals for all the ATD-2 tools were also provided. Operational training of the remaining personnel is scheduled the week of September 11, 2017. (POC: Savvy Verma)

ATD-2 System Displays Deployed to Charlotte Douglas International Airport Operations Office
August 16, 2017

Photo of ATD-2 system user interfaces deployed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Operations Gate Management Supervisor Office

On August 10, 2017, the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team completed deployment of the ATD-2 system user interfaces to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Operations Gate Management Supervisor Office, capping many months of work by the ATD-2 team to prepare the system for use by Field Demo Partners. The ATD-2 team collaborated with Federal Aviation Administration and CLT partners to establish network connectivity from NASA equipment elsewhere at the airport to various facilities at CLT. This installation provides situational awareness and familiarization of the ATD-2 system for the Gate Management Supervisor. NASA has a Non-Reimbursable Space Act Agreement with Charlotte Airport for collaboration and data sharing in support of the ATD-2 Field Demonstration, which will begin September 29, 2017 at CLT. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)

NASA Public Affairs Office to Develop Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 Video
August 16, 2017

Photo of an ATD-2 user being filmed by a NASA PAO videographer

The NASA Public Affairs Office (PAO) is developing a documentary video on the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Phase 1 Field Demonstration that will be conducted at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) beginning September 29, 2017. Filming took place August 8-9, 2017, at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and terminal area facility, the NASA Lab at Charlotte (CLTlab), and the American Airlines (AAL) Ramp Tower. The PAO team recorded interviews with ATD-2 stakeholders: the NATCA National Article 48 Representative for ATD-2, NASA ATD Project Manager, NASA ATD-2 Sub-Project Manager, AAL Vice President of Charlotte Hub Operations, AAL Vice President of Integrated Operations Control, and the FAA Chief Scientist for the NextGen Office. The completed video will highlight key partnerships for the ATD-2 Project, and be featured in a media event to be held at CLT in early 2018. (POC: Jane Thipphavong)

Photo of the filming of an ATD2 interview

ATD-3 Air/Ground Integration Meeting at Alaska Airlines
August 16, 2017

Photo of people gathered in a conference room for an ATD3 presentation.

NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration 3 (ATD-3) team members from NASA Ames and Langley Research Centers participated in an Air/Ground Integration (AGI) meeting with industry partners Rockwell Collins, Robust Analytics, and GE Aviation, along with Alaska Airlines (ASA), who hosted the meeting in Seattle, WA, August 8-10, 2017. In February 2017, Alaska Airlines submitted a proposal for partnering with NASA for the 2020 demonstration of NASA's AGI technologies. Under a new Space Act Agreement (SAA) covering this partnership, ASA will install the ground-based National Airspace System Constraint Evaluation and Notification Tool (NASCENT) in their Airline Operations Center (Seattle, WA), and the cockpit-based Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) software on three new Boeing B737-900 aircraft. This umbrella SAA is planned to be signed by end of September 2017. Topics at this meeting included NASA's Multi-Agent Air/Ground Integrated Coordination (MAAGIC) concept of operations and the implementation of air/ground integration parameters. Mr. Bret Peyton, ASA Project Manager, provided feedback and support for this effort to move forward. (POC: Kapil Sheth)

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