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ATD-2 Participation in Trajectory Based Operations Technical Exchange Meeting
April 10, 2019

A joint NASA/Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/MITRE technical exchange meeting was held April 2-3, 2019 at NASA Ames Research Center. The purpose was to share the latest research progress related to Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) concepts. The FAA presented on the TBO storyboard, Weather Information Services for Enterprise Research (WISER), the Boeing Use Case, and Path to TBO. MITRE presented their Trajectory Based Management (TBM) and Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Interdependency Analysis, strategic pre-conditioning for Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) operations, and 3T integration needs. NASA presented Integrated Demand Management, Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) status, Dynamic Routing Around Weather (DRAW), and provided a description of facilities supporting research development. The ATD-2 briefing included overhead stream insertion benefits assessments, Phase 3 plans, and upcoming events and stakeholder engagements. The next meeting will include a follow-on discussion of ATD-2, planned for late summer at NASA’s North Texas Research Station (NTX). (POC: Al Capps, Yoon Jung, Jeremy Coupe)

ATD-2 Presents Phase 3 Concept of Use to the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) Flow Evaluation Team
April 10, 2019

NASA briefed technical details of the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Phase 3 Concept of Use to the CDM Flow Evaluation Team (FET) on March 27, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Present at this meeting were Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) leads and representatives from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA), and JetBlue, Southwest and American Airlines. The NASA team described the key technology supporting the Phase 3 concept and discussed development needs to leverage System Wide Information Management (SWIM). The NASA ATD-2 system will use Trajectory Option Sets (TOSs) to help offload demand/capacity imbalances at the terminal boundary. The system includes a user interface to coordinate TOS usage that is shared among field demo partners. The group identified potential development to support exchange of TOS information in SWIM. Another meeting is planned for May between NASA, FET and Surface CDM Team groups supporting the ATD-2 Phase 3 activities. (POC: Eric Chevalley)

NASA/FAA coordination kickoff for FAA Phase 3 Field demo partners in North Texas
April 10, 2019

The NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team and its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen (ANG) representatives briefed FAA field demo partners about the engagement plans of the ATD-2 Phase 3 effort on March 26, 2019 at the NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX). The team provided a programmatic and concept overview, development milestones and a status update to local National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA) representatives, traffic managers from Fort Worth En Route Center, Dallas Terminal Approach Control, Dallas/Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Tower, and Dallas Love Field Air Traffic Control Tower. The NASA team showed the Phase 3 system running with live data and opportunities for rerouting traffic leveraging Trajectory Options Sets (TOSs). MITRE briefed the group about opportunities for the General Aviation pilots from Dallas Love Field to participate in the field demonstration using mobile application technology. Field demo partners expressed strong interest and confirmed their commitment to the NASA Phase 3 field demonstration. Regular follow-up shadow sessions will take place at the NTX facility to further mature the Phase 3 capability and procedures, and to obtain feedback. (POC: Eric Chevalley)

ATD-2 briefs Dallas Love Field Business Aviation pilots in collaboration with National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), FAA NextGen and MITRE
April 10, 2019

NASA supported a kick-off meeting organized by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen (ANG), and MITRE Corporation on March 25, 2019. NBAA and MITRE described opportunities for general and business aviation pilots to participate in the research and evaluation of a mobile application during the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) field evaluation in North Texas. The mobile application provides the ability for pilots to provide their Ready-to-Taxi times on to the Airport Movement Area, and for pilots to receive information back from the ATD-2 system about their estimated taxi time on the surface. The NASA team introduced the ATD-2 system use and benefits of Earliest Off Block Times (EOBTs) as key input from flight operators into the future surface system. Flight operators invited the group to brief a local pilot association. The MITRE team will collect data on the usage of the mobile app during ATD-2 data collection activities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, from Summer 2019 until the end of Summer 2020. (POC: Eric Chevalley)

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