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Completion of UTM Technology Capability Level (TCL)-2 Checkout #1
September 9, 2016

The first in a series of two checkout/shakedown activities for the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) subproject was completed August 24, 2016.
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NASA Weather re-routing tool deployed at American Airlines Integrated Operations Center
September 9, 2016

NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration-3 (ATD-3) project leads, as well as research and development staff, traveled to the American Airlines (AA) Integrated Operations Center (IOC) August 30 - September 1, 2016 to deploy NASA's NAS-based single flight rerouting advisory software, NASCENT (National Airspace System Constraint Evaluation and Notification Tool).
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ATD-2 Engineering Shadow Evaluation Session with Air Traffic Control Tower and American Airline Ramp Controllers
August 31, 2016

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NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) researchers hosted a second session of engineering shadow evaluations with Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and American Airlines (AAL) ramp controllers on August 23-25, 2016 at the NASA CLT Lab.
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Visit from Korean Airlines
August 31, 2016

The Aviation Systems Division hosted visitors from Korean Airlines, In Gyu Kim (Vice President of Safety and Security), Hyuck You (General Manager of Safety), and Yun Ik Jang (Safety Team Manager), on August 30-31, 2016.
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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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+ DWR
+ EDA
+ FACET
+ PDRC
+ SARDA
+ UTM

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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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