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UAS in the NAS Flight Test #4 VIP Day
May 25, 2016

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) project team members briefed the goals and outcomes of Flight Test-4 (FT4) at VIP Day at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC, Edwards, CA).
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ATD University at NASA North Texas Research Station
May 25, 2016

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ATD-U participants tour American Airlines IOC.

On May 17-18, 2016, Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) stakeholders from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA), American Airlines (AAL), DTIS corporation and NASA personnel met at the NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX) (Fort Worth, TX), for the fourth “ATD-U” class offering.
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Visit from Prof. Daniel Delahaye (ENAC)
May 25, 2016

Prof. Daniel Delahaye visited the Aviation Systems Division May 16-20, 2016. Prof. Delahaye heads the Optimization and Automatic Control Group, Laboratory in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Automatics for Air Transport, Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC), in Toulouse, France.
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Aviation Systems Division Exhibit at Tech Center Tuesday
May 25, 2016
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Exhibit at Tech Center ATCA Symposium.

NASA’s airspace research and development was showcased during the annual Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Tech Symposium’s Tech Center Tuesday (TCT) event, May 17, 2016 at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center (Atlantic City, NJ).
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Chairman of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board Visits North Texas Research Station
May 19, 2016

Mr. Sam Coats, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), toured the NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX) on May 10, 2016. Accompanying Mr. Coats was Executive Vice President of Operations, Mr. Jim Crites, and Mr. Robert Horton, Vice President, Environmental Affairs.
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FEATURED RESEARCH
ATD-1
ATM Technology Demonstration-1 (ATD-1) will showcase an integrated set of NextGen technologies that provide an efficient arrival solution for managing aircraft beginning from just prior to top-of-descent and continuing down to the runway.
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ATD-2
Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) integrates arrival, departure, and surface (IADS) concepts and technologies to demonstrate the benefits of an IADS traffic management system for Metroplex environments.
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DWR
NASA is developing a ground-based automation system and tool called Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR). DWR is a search engine that continuously and automatically analyzes in-flight aircraft in en route airspace to find time- and fuel-saving corrections to weather avoidance routes. Route corrections are simple reroutes like those typically used in today's operations.
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EDA
The Efficient Descent Advisor (EDA) is a tool for air traffic controllers that synchronizes the descents of all arrival aircraft so that each can maintain a continuous descent approach that minimizes noise and emissions while avoiding other traffic and maximizing runway throughput.
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FACET
The Future ATM Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET) equips ATM researchers and service providers with a way to explore, develop and evaluate advanced air transportation concepts before they are field-tested and eventually deployed.
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PDRC
NASA is developing the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC), which automates portions of the Tactical Departure Scheduling process.
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SARDA
The Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) is a tool that will help to shorten the amount of time an aircraft spends taxiing before takeoff to alleviate some of the congestion on the airport surface. Reduced taxi times will help to eliminate unnecessary fuel burn, resulting in fewer emissions and less impact on the environment.
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FEATURED RESEARCH
NextGen is here.
NASA's ATM Research
NASA is conducting air traffic managment (ATM) research and development to help achieve the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
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NextGen Technologies
Here are a few of the NextGen tools in development by the Aviation Systems Division:
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FY2015 Highlights
Our technical and other highlights for fiscal year 2015.
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Airfield Safety Studies
FutureFlight Central conducted a series of simulations in August 2009 to address safety issues concerning the existing and future operation of the north airfield at LAX.
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24 Hours of Traffic in the NAS
This animation shows all aircraft flying over the United States during a 24-hour period on a typical day and shows the impact of severe weather on traffic in the New York area.
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