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ATD-2 Phase 1C Field Demonstration Shadow Session Completed
February 28, 2018

On February 13, 2018, Shadow Session 15 for the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Phase 1 Field Demonstration was conducted in the NASA ATD-2 Lab (CLTlab) located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), North Carolina. The objective of the shadow session was to review the use of surface metering, demonstrate new features of the recent Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) software release, and discuss plans for future software releases. Participants included the Field Demo Partners from National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), American Airlines, FAA Headquarters, and CLT Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT). Discussion topics included IADS system robustness and fidelity over the last two months, evolution of the Data Analysis and System Health (DASH) capabilities, and analysis of the impact of surface metering along with initial benefits metrics in fuel burn and emissions savings. The ATD-2 team gained valuable feedback on the progress of the Phase 1 Field Demonstration, and field demo partners have agreed to extend surface metering to bank three starting on February 19, 2018. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)

NASA hosts air traffic controllers leadership for ATD-2 familiarization
February 28, 2018

Photograph of participants of the ATD-2 familiarization meeting sitting around a table viewing a large monitor.
ATD-2 familiarization for NATCA leadership.

On February 16, 2018, NASA hosted Paul Rinaldi, President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and members of his leadership team for Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) familiarization. The visitors were provided with a briefing and demo, in NASA’s lab at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), followed by observations at the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower and Terminal Area facility to view the ATD-2 Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) system in use, and ended with observations in the American Airlines Ramp Tower at CLT. NATCA has contributed their expertise and support to the ATD-2 Field Demo effort since its early days, and during this visit, NATCA leadership expressed interest in the early results from the field demo, desire to expand its use in other locations, and continued support for the collaborative effort. (POC: Al Capps)

ATD-2 Briefing to NextGen Advisory Committee Subcommittee
February 28, 2018

On February 15, 2018, NASA provided an Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) update to the NextGen Advisory Committee Subcommittee (NACSC), which supports the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses the NAC venue to solicit a consensus-based set of recommendations on critical issues affecting the successful implementation of NextGen, and may also gain resources commitment and/or synchronized planning between government and industry. The ATD-2 update took place at the NAC monthly meeting in Washington, DC, and NASA reported early benefits findings and lessons learned for three aspects of the ATD-2 Field Demonstration: data exchange and integration, collaborative surface metering, and overhead stream insertion. NACSC participants expressed appreciation for NASA’s leadership of the ATD-2 effort and strong interest in seeing the results of this research effectively transferred to FAA and industry recipients. (POC: Al Capps)

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