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Dr. Heather Arneson at Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Panel Discussion
June 6, 2018

Dr. Heather Arneson served on a panel discussion at the ATCA Tech Symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 16, 2018. The panel, “Cutting Edge Applications of Modeling and Simulation to Support Future NAS,” led by Jennifer Morris of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), also included Dr. Robert Cox from the US Army, Dave Knorr from the FAA, Paul MacWilliams from the MITRE Corporation, and Premysl Volf from Agentfly Technologies/Czech Technical University. The panel discussed the use of modeling and simulation techniques to develop and test new procedures and integrate new aircraft types into the National Airspace System (NAS). Heather spoke to the use of modeling and simulation in a variety of NASA projects, such as Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) in the NAS, UAS Traffic Management (UTM), Integrated Demand Management, and Urban Air Mobility, and the Air Traffic Management Testbed’s Eco Demonstrator. (POC: Heather Arneson)

ATD-2 Assessment of Ramp Times Human-in-the-Loop Simulation Shakedown
June 6, 2018

On May 22-25, 2018, the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Human Factors and Experiments Team successfully performed a Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) shakedown simulation of the ATD-2 system at the FutureFlight Central (FFC) tower simulator at NASA Ames Research Center. The objectives of the Assessment of Ramp Times (ART) HITL simulation is to evaluate different aspects of the integration of the tactical and strategic scheduling components, specifically exploring the ideal Target Movement Area Times (TMAT) compliance window, and whether instructing Ramp personnel to focus on compliance of Target Off Block Times (TOBT) with and without TMAT will result in more optimal surface operations. The ART HITL will also be used to test new capabilities of the ATD-2 system before field deployment. The traffic scenario is based on analyzing traffic from Bank 2 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), and is composed of nearly 200 flights, including arrivals and departures, as well as additional overhead traffic to Washington Center (ZDC). The simulation environment at the FFC includes a 360-degree tower cab to simulate airline ramp operations, and a 270-degree out-the-window view to simulate the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT). The HITL shakedown involved ten former air traffic controllers and managers from various Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facilities, including CLT ATCT and the American Airlines (AAL) Ramp Tower. The former CLT and AAL Tower controllers managed surface traffic in the HITL simulation using the Ramp Tower Console (RTC), Ramp Manager Tower Console (RMTC), and the Surface Trajectory Based Operations (STBO) user interface to schedule departures into the ZDC overhead stream. This shakedown prepares for the formal data collection, scheduled June 26-28, 2018 with FAA and air carrier participants, where the results will be used to refine the ATD-2 system for the Phase 2 Field Demonstration. (POC: Lindsay Stevens)

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