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NASA/FAA RTT Quarterly Review held at Ames
March 7, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA conducted their joint quarterly review of current and potential future Research Transition Team (RTT) collaborations on February 21-22, 2018, at NASA Ames Research Center. The quarterly meetings provide a valuable two-way exchange of information related to technology development and transition planning. Current collaborations include the Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD) Project, the Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Project, and the Unmanned aircraft system Traffic Management (UTM) Project. During this meeting, updates on the ATD-2 effort (focused on Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface), and ATD-3 (focused on Applied Traffic Flow Management) were provided, as well as the status of the ATM-X Project formulation. ATD-2 Phase 1 field demonstration preliminary benefits and lessons learned were presented; the FAA was impressed by the ATD-2 development and expressed interest in the results of the field demonstrations. The first RTT technology transfer is scheduled for September 30, 2018. ATD-3 provided updates on the December 2017 Multi-Flight Common Route (MFCR) Tech Transfer to the FAA, the upcoming Dynamic Routes Around Weather (DRAW) simulation, preparations for DRAW Tech Transfer #1 in June 2018, and the Multi-Agent Air/Ground Integrated Coordination (MAAGIC) activity in partnership with Alaska Airlines. The NASA airside technology, Traffic Aware Planner (TAP), was identified by the FAA as a product of interest for tech transfer through the RTT. Finally, NASA provided updates on the UTM Pilot Program and the Technology Capability Level (TCL) Demonstration Status. The next quarterly review is tentatively scheduled for the week of May 28th or June 4th. (POC: Mike Madson)

ATD-2 Kicks Off Phase 3 Activities in North Texas
March 7, 2018

Photograph of ATD-2 Phase 3 participants gathered around a meeting table in discussion.

NASA met with North Texas Field Demonstration Partners on February 26-27, 2018 at the Dallas/Fort Worth Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility (D10) to kickoff Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Phase 3 activities. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) included FAA Headquarters, the Southwest Regional Office, D10 TRACON, Fort Worth En Route Center (ZFW), and the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCT). Representatives from the DFW International Airport Board, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines were also in attendance. Phase 3 will build on existing ATD-2 Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) system installations at DFW, D10, and ZFW to operationally test terminal departure scheduling coordination between DAL and DFW and enable increased collaboration via data exchange and integration. NASA and Phase 3 Field Demo Partners discussed better use of existing capacity at the terminal departure boundary as a key expected benefit of the technology. Participants expressed concurrence with the near-term objectives, the agile development plan, and next steps. The NASA team will meet regularly with North Texas Field Demo Partners to refine the IADS terminal departure scheduling concept and technology via the agile requirements identification process used for ATD-2 Phases 1 and 2. A subset of the participants toured the NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX) lab and were given demonstrations of the ATD-2 systems currently operating at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) as well as at DFW. One of the demonstrations was a new capability to schedule Call for Release/Approval Request (CFR/APREQ) from the ATD-2 Time Based Flow Metering (TBFM) clients for DFW and DAL towers, to a prototype of TBFM En Route Departure Capability (EDC), adapted to the D10 terminal boundary. (POC: Andrew Ging)

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