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Airline Cockpit Observations of ATD-3 Ground-based Capability
April 24, 2018

ATD-3 Advisory Proposed (green route is the nominal route, yellow route is the proposed route)

NASA’s Multi-Agent Air/Ground Integrated Coordination (MAAGIC) is an integration of the ground and cockpit technologies of Airspace Technology Demonstrations 3 (ATD-3) for efficient routing accounting for airspace constraints. In order to gain more insights from the cockpit procedures during nominal and off-nominal (severe weather) events, Dr. Kapil Sheth flew two legs in a cockpit jump seat of a major US airline flight, from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) and FLL to Denver, CO (DEN) in April 2018. While en route, wifi connectivity was purchased and through VPN and VNC, a connection was established to the National Airspace System Constraint Evaluation and Notification Tool (NASCENT, the ground-based system of MAAGIC) running in the Aviation Systems Division’s air traffic control (ATC) laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center. While the flights lacked severe weather conditions to fully test MAAGIC capabilities, Dr. Sheth was able to test the ATD-3 ground-based system from the cockpit and observed an advisory for time- and fuel-savings alerted for a direct route to a downstream fix. The advisory was presented to the Captain, who after checking with the First Officer, requested the clearance. The clearance was granted by an air traffic controller and the flight plan amendment was observed on the NASCENT system through the System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) feed within a few minutes. Dr. Sheth also determined that while the ground system information can be displayed in the cockpit with relative ease, inflight wifi connectivity is not very reliable for this purpose. Further tests of the ground-based and cockpit-based systems are planned for end of May 2018 on the NASA aircraft at Langley Research Center. (POC: Kapil Sheth)

ATD-3 Advisory Accepted (new, blue route shows accepted route)

Airspace Technology Demonstrations 2 and 3 featured at NASA’s Airspace Operations and Safety Program Research & Development Partnership Workshop
April 24, 2018

NASA's Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP) hosted a Research and Development Partnership Workshop at Ames Research Center on April 10-12, 2018. Industry was invited to meet with NASA to discuss the future of the National Airspace System (NAS) and focus on the question about how to accommodate a diverse mix of airspace users while maintaining highly efficient, safe, predictable, agile, and affordable airspace operation systems. The workshop started with an overview of AOSP, and the Airspace Technology Demonstrations (ATD), Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM), Air Traffic Management – Exploration (ATM-X), and System-Wide Safety (SWS) Projects. Breakout sessions focused on a variety of topics were moderated by some NASA Project Leads and current industry partners. ATD-2 and -3 breakout sessions focused on project status and potential collaboration opportunities. Industry guests toured various Ames air traffic management (ATM) research facilities and technology demonstrations. The ATD demonstrations included the Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) system with live data adapted for Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW) and the current system being used in the Phase 1 Field Demonstration at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). The ATD-3 concept animation was also featured, which depicts the integration of ground-based tools and a flight-deck-based tool, focused on improving en route and arrival phases of flight. Over 300 industry representatives participated in the Workshop and showed considerable interest throughout the workshop. (POC: Leighton Quon)

ATD-2 Evaluation Requirements Freeze 1 (FRZ2) Meeting
April 24, 2018

On April 5, 2018, the NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Team conducted an Evaluation Requirements Freeze 2 (FRZ2) meeting with field demo partners and other stakeholders to gain concurrence on capabilities to be included in the Phase 2 Field Demo, which is targeted for the end of September 2018. The FRZ2 meeting was held at the Old Terminal Building at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) where NASA’s ATD-2 laboratory (CLTlab) is located. The FRZ2 meeting included participation from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Washington En Route Center, Charlotte Air Traffic Control Tower/terminal area facility, and FAA’s ANG and AJV, which included the Director of Portfolio Management & Technology Development (ANG-C). Participants also included American Airlines (AAL) operations management, AAL CLT ramp managers, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). NASA presented a status update of the ATD-2 Phase 1 Field Demo plans, and the capabilities to be included in the Phase 2 Field Demo. The Phase 2 Field Demo will test Electronic Flight Data (EFD) exchange by integrating the ATD-2 system with the FAA’s Advanced Electronic Flight Strip (AEFS) prototype system, expanded data sharing capabilities with air carriers and flight operators using a prototype of the Terminal Flight Data Management (TFDM) Terminal Publication (TTP) System Wide Information Management (SWIM) feed and Mobile App, strategic and tactical surface scheduling fusion, and extending the use of electronic overhead stream insertion to Atlanta’s En Route Center. Plans to test these capabilities in a Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) simulation were also presented, along with a discussion on leveraging operational data to develop benefit metrics to improve the ATD-2 system. The FRZ2 meeting wrapped up with NASA’s tech transfer strategy and field demo partners concurring with the ATD-2 Phase 2 field demo plans. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)

ATD-2 Briefing at Transportation Research Board Webinar: The Future of Airport Surface Management Tools and Benefits to Operational Efficiency
April 24, 2018

On April 2, 2018, NASA provided a remote Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) briefing as part of the Transportation Research Board Webinar titled “The Future of Airport Surface Management Tools and Benefits to Operational Efficiency.” The webinar was attended by approximately 170 participants from a variety of domestic and international airports, air carriers, universities, aviation companies, and government organizations. The webinar objectives were to understand the capabilities and industry usage of existing tools, identify evolving capabilities and future integration plans that will enable surface metering, and understand airport and airline roles in surface management. Presentations included briefings on NASA's ATD-2 Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) system, existing surface management tools employed at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey airports, use of existing tools to support Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) partnerships, and implementation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) and System Wide Information Management (SWIM). The ATD-2 briefing included an overview of the ATD-2 project, Surface-Collaborative Decision Making (S-CDM) principles used in the IADS system, data exchange and integration features that facilitate collaboration among participating operational facilities, and early benefits assessment. The NASA ATD-2 team appreciated the opportunity to provide outreach to a broader group of stakeholders, and participants were actively engaged in the question and answer session following the briefings. (POC: Al Capps)

ATD-2 Demonstration for NASA Associate Administrator for Aeronautics
April 24, 2018

On March 27, 2018, the NASA Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Dr. Jaiwon Shin, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Liaison to ARMD, Ms. Lee Olson, visited NASA Ames Research Center. The agenda included a deep-dive of the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) subproject and a demonstration of the Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) system at the NASA Ames ATD-2 simulation test lab. The ATD-2 team presented an overview of the capabilities and user interfaces deployed at the operational field sites, initial benefits metrics, adaptations of the IADS system for other field sites, and future field demonstration plans. The meeting provided an opportunity for substantive dialogues amongst all participants. The presentation was well-received, and Dr. Shin indicated great appreciation for the ATD-2 accomplishments that can be used to convey to Congress that NASA’s work will aid the traveling public. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma & Lindsay Stevens)

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