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Fourth OIA Risk Mitigation Simulation Completed
March 20, 2015

The Operational Integration Assessment (OIA) Risk Mitigation (ORM) Simulations are a series of four simulations with the objective of reducing a specific risk for the OIA, which is a test of NASA's Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSS) capability to be conducted at the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fourth and final ORM simulation was completed at NASA Ames Research Center on March 10-13, 2015.
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Transitioning to Autonomy Workshop
March 20, 2015

Aviation Systems Division researchers and managers participated in the “Transitioning to Autonomy Workshop: Changes in the Role of Humans in Air Transportation” which took place March 10-12, 2015 at the NASA Ames conference center at Moffett Field, CA.
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Cloud ATM workshop at NASA Ames
March 16, 2015

A workshop focused on Cloud Air Traffic Management (ATM) research, lead by Mosaic ATM, was held at NASA Ames Research Center on March 5, 2015 as part of a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) to accelerate the pace of ATM advances through cloud technologies.
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ATD-3 Planning and Stakeholder Meetings
March 16, 2015

The Airspace Technology Demonstration-3 (ATD-3) planning co-leads, Dr. Kapil Sheth from Ames Research Center and Mr. Mike Koch from Langley Research Center, met at Langley on March 3, 2015 to complete milestone and task planning.
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Technical Assistance to FAA TBFM Contractor, Lockheed Martin
March 6, 2015

The Aviation Systems Division's Software Lead, Michelle Eshow, delivered enhancements to the estimated time of arrival (ETA) validation tool that Lockheed Martin uses to validate the ETA accuracy of its Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) tool for each formal release.
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Operational Integration Assessment (OIA) Preparations Continue
March 6, 2015

The OIA Risk Mitigation (ORM) series of simulations completed its third in a series of four, which took place February 24-26, 2015 at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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SMART-NAS Trajectory-Based Operations Researchers visit New York air traffic facilities
March 6, 2015

NASA team members from the SMART-NAS (Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System) project, New York Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) subproject, visited several New York air traffic control facilities in February 2015.
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Inside NASA's Amazing Airport Simulator
March 5, 2015
Jack Stewart from BBC Future reports on FutureFlight Central's capabilities and highlights the ATD-1 and SARDA tools being developed at NASA.
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NASA Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the NACA
March 3, 2015


One hundred years ago, on March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which would later form the foundation on which NASA was built.
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PDRC and DWR featured in NASA's “This Year@NASA” for 2014
December 19, 2014

Two new technologies in development in the Aviation Systems Division were featured in NASA's top stories of the year. Check it out, beginning at the 5:40 mark.

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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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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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FY2014 Highlights
Our technical and other highlights for fiscal year 2014.
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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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