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TAIGA Technology Transfer to the State of Alaska
October 17, 2014

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On October 6, 2014, NASA officially delivered the Traffic and Atmospheric Information for General Aviation (TAIGA) technology to the State of Alaska.
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Best Papers in the Digital Avionics Systems Conference 2015
October 17, 2014

From left to right, Min Xue, Christabelle Bosson, and Shannon Zelinski pose with their award certificates.
L-R: Min Xue, Christabelle Bosson, and Shannon Zelinski

The Aviation Systems Division research was honored with two awards at the recent Digital Avionics Systems Conference 2015 (DASC 2015) in Colorado Springs, Colorado which took place October 6-10, 2015.
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Initial EDA Capability Goes Live at Albuquerque Center
October 3, 2014

Technology based on NASA's Efficient Descent Advisor (EDA) was declared operational at Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) on September 22, 2014.
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Visual-Vestibular Active Psychophysics Experiment at the Vertical Motion Simulator
October 3, 2014

Simplified Primary Flight Display

The Visual-Vestibular Active Psychophysics (VVAP) experiment, the first in a series of experiments aimed at developing cueing requirements for full stall recognition and recovery training, was performed at the NASA Ames Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) September 22-October 23, 2014.
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FIAT-5 Shakedown Completed
October 3, 2014

The Fully-Integrated ATD-1 Test (FIAT) simulation #5 shakedown was conducted the week of September 29-October 3, 2014 and met all simulation objectives.
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NASA Ranked Best Place to Work in Government for Second Year in a Row
December 18, 2013

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued a statement regarding NASA's selection by the Partnership for Public Service as the Best Place to Work in Government.
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NASA Aeronautics: A New Strategic Vision
August 14, 2013

NASA Introduces New Blueprint for Transforming Global Aviation. Read the full story on

DWR Featured in Budget Rollout Video for FY2014
April 10, 2013

The Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) tool is featured in the President's Budget Proposal for NASA video at the 5:00 mark. Check it out!

NASA's Ready, Let's Go”
In this edition of “Faces of NASA,” Todd Farley talks about his experience working to improve air traffic management.

Research Highlights Overview

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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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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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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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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NASA is developing the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC), which automates portions of the Tactical Departure Scheduling process.
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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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The Terminal Area Precision Scheduling System (TAPSS) research at NASA Ames Research Center tests the integration of many of NASA's technologies that aim to improve operations in the airspace immediately surrounding the airport, known as the terminal area.
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Terminal TSAFE
The Terminal Tactical Separation Assured Flight Environment (TSAFE) is a tool designed to alert air traffic controllers of impending conflicts in the terminal area in order to improve the safety of the nation's air transportation system.
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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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FY2013 Highlights
Our technical and other highlights for fiscal year 2013.
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NARI Summer Virtual Seminar Series
Aviation Systems Division staff presented for the 2013 Summer Virtual Seminar Series hosted by NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) in collaboration with the NASA Ames Aeronautics Academy. The technical seminar series showcased cutting-edge aeronautics research being done by NASA researchers. The recorded sessions are available for viewing.
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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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