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ATD-2 Completes Assessment of Ramp Times 3 Shakedown Simulation
April 3, 2019

Ramp control participants in the ATD-2 ART3 shakedown simulation at FutureFlight Central

The Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) experiment team completed the Assessment of Ramp Times (ART) 3 human-in-the-loop (HITL) shakedown simulation, March 26-28, 2019, at NASA Ames Research Center’s FutureFlight Central (FFC). ART 3 is a precursor to the ART 4 HITL data collection simulation scheduled for the end of April 2019. These experiments focus on testing various research questions for Ramp Controllers during surface metering events and results are used to collect user feedback and refine the ATD-2 tools for field operations. Eight retired Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower and American Airlines Ramp controllers and 12 pseudo-pilots participated in the shakedown. The ATC participants managed traffic per normal DFW operations while the Ramp control participants worked to meet surface metering advisories for pushing aircraft off of the gate and/or for delivering aircraft to the Spot between the Ramp and the Airport Movement Area. Participants used the Ramp Tower Console (RTC), Ramp Manager Tower Console (RMTC), and the Surface Trajectory Based Operations (STBO) Client ATD-2 user interfaces. Traffic scenarios were built based on live operations during the summer of 2018. Additional flights were included in the simulation’s traffic scenarios in order to reflect planned increases in DFW traffic demand beginning the summer of 2019. (POC: Lindsay Stevens and Yoon Jung)

Ramp control participants in the ATD-2 ART3 shakedown simulation at FutureFlight Central

Technical Exchange with FAA Systems Analysis and Modeling Division Manager
April 3, 2019

On March 29, 2019, the NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team held a technical interchange meeting with Mr. David Knorr, the Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Systems Analysis and Modeling Division, which is responsible for developing a Post Operational Assessment of key NextGen capabilities. Mr. Knorr also serves as co-chair of the Joint Analysis Team (JAT) to conduct analysis regarding performance impacts and benefits that can be attributed to implementation of NextGen capabilities. The ATD-2 team provided status updates of the project, current benefits results of ATD-2 capabilities using surface metering, and electronic negotiation of release times for APREQ flights. A high-level overview of Phase 3 metroplex planner capability that allows the weather impacted flights to reroute utilizing airlines’ trajectory option sets (TOS) during storm season was also presented. Alternative benefit mechanisms for delay reduction and throughput increase of both airport and terminal airspace traffic were also discussed. Mr. Knorr expressed great interest in the results of the ATD-2 analysis and future Tech Transfers. (POC: Yoon Jung)

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