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ATD-2 Briefing at Collaborative Site Implementation Team (CSIT) meeting
November 8, 2018

Photo of people on tour of Delta's ramp tower operations

On October 16-17, 2018, members from the NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team participated in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Collaborative Site Implementation Team (CSIT) meeting hosted by Delta Airlines (DAL) at their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The two day event was the second CSIT meeting that NASA has attended alongside members from the FAA Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) office with the goal of helping airline operators prepare for the future deployment of TFDM across the National Airspace System (NAS). The first day consisted of briefings from the FAA TFDM office, the FAA Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) office, and the NASA ATD-2 team. The ATD-2 briefing contained an overview of the ATD-2 system running in Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), the accrued benefits during Phase 1 of operations, and the lessons learned throughout the project. Included in the ATD-2 briefing were early results from automated prescheduling of controlled flights from CLT into Atlanta Center (ZTL) airspace. On the second day, DAL provided a tour of ramp tower operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in which NASA and FAA participants observed live operations. These observations were helpful for the NASA and FAA teams to envision how new data sharing from the future TFDM system might be integrated into the existing operation. (POC: Jeremy Coupe)

UAM Coordination and Assessment Team Industry Day
November 8, 2018

UAM Grand Challenge Industry Day graphic

The Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Coordination and Assessment Team (UCAT) held an Industry Day meeting in Seattle, Washington, November 1-2, 2018. The purpose of this meeting was to gather with interested stakeholders and gain input on the UAM Grand Challenge demonstration, scheduled for 2020. Over 270 people from industry, academia, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA attended the event. NASA has released a Request For Information (RFI) about participation in the Grand Challenge, where aircraft and airspace systems can demonstrate capabilities/technologies in order to further the realization of UAM operations. (POC: Karen Cate)

Two-Way Information Exchange with General Aviation Pilots Through Mobile Application Technology with NASA ATD-2
November 8, 2018

Graphic of two-way information exchange example

On November 5, 2018, two-way information exchange with the NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) system was enabled with General Aviation (GA) operations at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) by leveraging The MITRE Corporation’s mobile application. The mobile app work is being led by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) NextGen (ANG) program office. The mobile information-sharing technology will now receive flight-specific schedule and planning information when the GA pilots submit a ready-times for their flights. This exchange is being performed in a manner that is logically consistent with the FAA Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) surface system interface specifications. Unlike commercial operations at CLT’s main ramp, where airlines share Earliest Off-Block Times (EOBTs) for each departing flight, GA operations did not have that same mechanism. NASA, FAA, and MITRE began the initial phase of beta-testing at CLT in October 2017 with a prototype mobile application that allowed GA pilots to submit a Ready-to-Taxi Time (RTT) for their flights. The RTT represents the pilot’s best estimate of when they will be ready to contact Ground Control to request their taxi clearance. With better predictions of ready-times for GA flights, the ATD-2 Scheduler can more accurately predict runway demand and surface schedules. Based on pilot feedback, MITRE introduced an SMS Texting capability earlier this year which allows participants to more conveniently submit their RTT via text rather than through a mobile application. Information generated by the ATD-2 scheduler is then passed to the user via the new TFDM Terminal Publication (TTP) that NASA is publishing on the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) research and development network. This real-time data includes expected runway assignment, expected takeoff time, and Traffic Management Initiative (TMI) information when applicable. NASA, FAA, and MITRE will continue to collect user feedback on the new two-way information exchange. (POC: Debi Bakowski)

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