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Half-Day Workshop on Function Allocation for Separation Assurance
August 22, 2014

On July 29, 2014 a half-day workshop was held at NASA Ames Research Center to solicit community input on which research directions are important for determining the best allocation of separation assurance functions between humans and automation and between ground-based and airborne systems.
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Meeting to Develop Future FAA research for Work Package 5
August 22, 2014

On July 30, 2014, representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration's Advanced Methods program visited NASA Ames Research Center to discuss their plans in the development of “Work Package 5.”
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NASA and FAA Operational Integration Assessment for Terminal Sequencing and Spacing Kickoff Meeting
August 22, 2014

NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are planning an Operational Integration Assessment (OIA) of the Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSS) technology.
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Tactical Departure Scheduling-Terminal Initial Shadow Evaluation Completed
August 8, 2014

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On July 31, NASA's Tactical Departure Scheduling – Terminal (TDS-T) team hosted FAA subject matter experts for an initial shadow evaluation at the North Texas Research Station (NTX) in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Fully-Integrated ATD-1 Test (FIAT) Shakedown Simulation #5 Completed
August 8, 2014

The second shakedown simulation of FIAT-5 was conducted from July 28-31 and focused on Albuquerque Center (ZAB) airspace.
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DLR Research Collaboration Continues in Airport Surface Research
August 8, 2014

Dr. Jörn Jakobi from the German Aerospace Agency (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) visited NASA Ames Research Center on July 28, 2014 to continue collaboration on a harmonized concept of operations of 4D airport surface taxi operations.
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American Airlines and FAA Participate in SARDA Simulation Data Collection
August 8, 2014

The Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) airport surface research team completed a week of data collection July 28 to August 1 in NASA Ames Research Center's FutureFlight Central (FFC) facility.
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American Airlines and FAA Meet with NASA Surface Researchers
August 8, 2014

On July 29-30, 2014, NASA Ames airport surface researchers developing the SARDA tool met with an FAA surface operations office representative, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) tower controllers, and American Airlines ramp tower and operations planning leads to discuss their interest in supporting a field test of the SARDA capability at the American Airlines CLT ramp tower.
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Aviation Systems Division Participation at the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aerospace (HCI-Aero 2014)
August 8, 2014

Researchers and managers from the Aviation Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center participated in a recent conference held in Santa Clara, CA, which highlights research and advancements in airspace operations.
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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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