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ATD-2 Field Demo Partner Visit
February 20, 2020

Three participants meet at CLT Tower. CLT airport is seen through the windows behind them.
CLT Tower

NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team visited field demo partners at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) on February 10-11, 2020. The purpose of the visit was to evaluate how the system has been performing since metering has been turned on for all banks of flights at CLT since February 1, 2020. Initial feedback from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and airline participants at CLT describe a positive effect on managing traffic on the surface at CLT as well as the surrounding terminal area airspace. During periods of highly irregular operations, such as during recent severe weather events that affected flights along the Eastern half of the U.S., ATD-2 users retained the option to temporarily suspend metering. The NASA team also met with the new American Airlines manager for air traffic operations for the Southeast, who toured the traffic management units at CLT Tower and terminal area radar control (TRACON) facilities to better understand how the ATD-2 system affects and improves traffic flow at CLT. The group observed the progress being made towards the expected commissioning of the new CLT tower on June 21, 2020.

POC: Bob Staudenmeier, Pete Slattery

A CLT tower operator uses ATD-2 tools. The CLT airport can be seen through the windows in front.
CLT Tower



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