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Data Collection Completed in First Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Human-in-the-Loop Airspace Simulation
September 20, 2018

Simulation participants seated at air traffic control workstations in the NASA Ames ATC lab.

The Urban Air Mobility (UAM) subproject successfully completed the data collection for the first human-in-the-loop (HITL) UAM simulation on September 14, 2018. The objective of the simulation was to study candidate procedures and routes for flying UAM traffic in Class B and D airspace in the Dallas-Fort Worth (TX) terminal area, as well as to evaluate the corresponding impact of UAM traffic level on controller workload. Three levels of UAM traffic density (high, medium and low) were represented by vehicles temporally separated en route by 45 seconds, 60 seconds and 90 seconds respectively, on average. Three different procedures/conditions were also tested, using helicopter routes in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Area: 1) current helicopter routes, 2) current routes with Letters of Agreement (LOA) that vertically separated the routes and codified the routes with reduced verbal communications, and 3) Modified routes with Letters of Agreement. The simulation, at NASA Ames Research Center’s Air Traffic Control simulation laboratory, included the participation of seven controllers and thirteen pseudo pilot stations from DFW Local East-3 Tower, Addison (ADS) Tower and the Dallas Love Field (DAL) helicopter controller position. Participants managed UAM traffic as well as conventional IFR and VFR traffic around DFW, DAL and ADS airspace. Data collected included actual separations between flights, throughput, workload, and usability. Data analysis is underway and the feedback received will be used to inform future UAM research. (POC: Savvy Verma)

ATD-2 Conducts Training for Phase 2 Field Demonstration
September 20, 2018

The Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team provided training for Phase 2 to American Airlines (AAL) ramp controllers and FAA Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) traffic management coordinators (TMCs) and front line managers (FLMs), Sep. 10-11, 2018, at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (Charlotte, NC). Training included an introduction of new features, refresher training on all features introduced since September 2017, and training of new ramp controllers and TMCs on ATD-2’s Ramp Traffic Console (RTC) and Surface Trajectory Based Operations (STBO) Client. Four controllers from the AAL ramp tower and nine FAA ATCT TMCs and FLMs participated in the offered training sessions. During each session, controllers were guided through interactions with the RTC and STBO Client interfaces and engaged with features and data exchange between the two tools. Due to Hurricane Florence, training of all users could not be completed as planned; the remainder of the training will be re-scheduled to early October. At Atlanta Center, training and familiarization were conducted on the ATD-2 user interfaces and procedures for Phase 2, September 17-21. (POC: Lindsay Stevens)

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