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Urban Air Mobility (UAM-X1) Shakedown Completed
August 22, 2018

UAM-X1 Shakedown in the Air Traffic Control Simulation Laboratory.

The Urban Air Mobility (UAM) subproject successfully completed a shakedown simulation July 30 - August 2, 2018, in NASA Ames Research Center’s Air Traffic Control simulation laboratory, in preparation for the data collection that is planned for the week of September 17, 2018. The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Testbed generated the simulation scenarios which were executed with seven controller and thirteen pseudo-pilot stations. The objective of the simulation experiment will be to study procedures and routes for flying UAM traffic in Class B and D airspaces in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) terminal airspace, as well as to test the level of UAM traffic and its impact on controller workload. The three levels of UAM traffic on the routes were high, medium and low traffic density, where the UAM traffic were temporally separated by 45 seconds, 60 seconds and 90 seconds respectively, on average. The UAM traffic flew three helicopter route conditions in DFW Area airspace: 1) current helicopter routes, 2) current routes with Letters of Agreement (LOA) that vertically separated the routes and codified the routes leading to reduction in verbal communications, and 3) modified routes with Letters of Agreement. The shakedown evaluated the level of traffic, scenarios, procedures, and routes in DFW airspace with controllers staffing the DFW Local East-3, Addison (ADS) Tower, and Dallas-Love Field (DAL) helicopter controller positions. The participant controllers and confederates managed UAM traffic as well as conventional IFR and VFR traffic around DFW, DAL and ADS airspace. Both objective and subjective data were collected during the shakedown that included actual separation between flights, throughput, workload, and usability. Data analysis is underway and results will be used to improve the simulation and prepare for the final data collection runs in September 2018. (POC: Savvy Verma)

The UAM team and UAM-X1 shakedown simulation participants.

ATD-2 Conducts Training for DFW Ramp Controllers
August 22, 2018

From July 30 to August 1, 2018, the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team trained the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) ramp controllers on ATD-2’s Ramp Traffic Console (RTC) and Surface Trajectory Based Operations (STBO) Client. Thirteen controllers from DFW ramp towers D and E participated in a training session where they were guided through interactions with the RTC and STBO Client interfaces and engaged with features and data exchange between the two tools. Ramp controllers had the opportunity to provide feedback and discuss feature requests. Outcomes of the ramp training, beyond proficiency on the ATD-2 systems, included increased excitement about using the tools. The RTC is expected to be in daily use in DFW ramp tower operational areas beginning August 6, 2018. (POC: Lindsay Stevens)

ATD-2 Hosts Chicago Airport Executives
August 22, 2018

On July 31, 2018, the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team hosted the Chicago Department of Aviation’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and American Airlines Chicago Operations executives at the NASA/FAA North Texas Research Station (NTX) in Fort Worth, Texas. The ATD-2 team briefed the Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) concept, currently deployed capability, and future expected capability. Live-data and shadow displays from the ATD-2 IADS system deployed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport were used to demonstrate several capabilities such as data exchange and integration, overhead stream scheduling, and surface metering. The Chicago visitors shared information with the ATD-2 team on airport and airspace challenges they commonly face, and the ATD-2 team shared information on how future capabilities may assist some of these challenges. (POC: Al Capps)

NASA ATD-2 and Charlotte Field Demo Partners Host FAA Program Managers
August 22, 2018

On August 10, 2018 Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Field Demo Partners from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Charlotte, North Carolina air traffic control facility and American Airlines’ control center (i.e., ramp control facility) joined with NASA personnel to host visitors from the FAA’s Program Management Organization (PMO). The PMO group includes the managers of the major systems within the National Airspace System including air traffic management decision support systems. The visit included a briefing from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) representative for ATD-2 at the Charlotte air traffic facility, where the group observed operations and use of ATD-2 equipment in the air traffic control tower and terminal area radar approach control (TRACON) and surface departure metering at the American Airlines control center. Briefings were provided on the ramp traffic console from the ramp manager, and ATD-2 concept, benefits and next steps by the NASA team. This visit provided an opportunity for the PMO group to see the collaborative nature of operations in Charlotte and current day operational ATD-2 usage, and facilitated a vigorous exchange of ideas and information by all parties involved. (POC: Al Capps)

Crown-hosted ATM-X Technology Convergence Opportunities
August 22, 2018

On August 3, 2018, Crown Communications hosted a meeting to identify opportunities for Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Technology Convergence. In particular, the meeting explored the potential for infusion of technologies to enable the air traffic management system beyond 2025 being defined by NASA’s ATM-X project. The meeting also provided recommendations for further exploration of selected candidate technologies, with a focus on definition of the system architecture for the ATM-X concept. Subject matter experts from Quid,, Momenta Partners, QxBranch, and Senior Talent International discussed their technologies and how they inform architecture concepts for ATM-X. (POC: Karen Gundy-Burlet)

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