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NASA Provides ATD-2 Familiarization for FAA Systems Analysis and Modeling Team
June 13, 2018

On June 5, 2018, NASA provided an Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) familiarization and technical interchange at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel in the National Airspace System (NAS) Systems Engineering and Integrations Office (ANG-B), FAA personnel from Atlanta Center (ZTL) and Future Standards and Procedures office (AJV-85). ANG-B personnel included the Systems Analysis and Modeling Division (ANG-B7) which co-leads the FAA’s Joint Analysis Team (JAT). The event included a preview of ATD-2 surface metering procedures, orientation on the ATD-2 system from the ATD-2 National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) lead, and observations of surface metering in operational use at the American Airlines Control Center in CLT and observations in the CLT Air Traffic Control Center (ATCT). NASA and FAA personnel discussed the methodologies used to generate benefit metrics and characterize system performance, as well as leveraging the ATD-2 lessons learned in future FAA research. (POC: Al Capps)

ATD-2 Project Completes FAA Safety Risk Management Review of Phase 2 Field Demonstration Planned Capabilities
June 13, 2018

On June 6-7, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted a Safety Risk Management (SRM) review of the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Phase 2 Field Demonstration candidate capabilities at the Carolinas Aviation Museum (Charlotte, NC). The SRM Panel was comprised of FAA, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), American Airlines and NASA representatives responsible for implementing operational changes, accepting any associated risks, validating identified controls and implementing any required safety mitigations. Five candidate capabilities were evaluated for inclusion into the Phase 2 Field Demonstration: ATD-2 integration with Advanced Electronic Flight Strips (AEFS), Atlanta En Route Center participation in Integrated Departure/Arrival Capability (IDAC)-like scheduling into TBFM, strategic surface metering capabilities, publishing ATD-2 data to the FAA System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) architecture via the Terminal Flight Data Management (TFDM) Terminal Publication (TTP) prototype and the integration of two-way data exchange for the existing pilot mobile application. The SRM review meeting included a description of the current ATD-2 system capability, the envisioned proposed changes, potential safety risks for each change, severity and likelihood analysis and potential mitigations with existing controls. Preliminary analysis of the potential safety risks of ATD-2 Phase 2 capabilities indicate likelihood of approval to proceed as planned. Appropriate controls will be implemented prior to the Phase 2 Demonstration in accordance with SRM findings. The safety review outcome will be documented before the Phase 2 Field Demonstration, scheduled for the end of September. The NASA ATD-2 project is thankful for the contributions of FAA, NATCA, Volpe and American Airlines personnel that supported this SRM panel. (POC: Al Capps)

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