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ATD-2 planning team visit to Boston Logan International Airport and Raytheon
December 22, 2014

On December 10, Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD)-2 planning team members visited both the Jet Blue Airways ramp operation facility and the air traffic control (ATC) tower at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Raytheon in Marlborough, MA, to view their current air traffic management tools and discuss potential collaborations.
      At BOS, the NASA team viewed the PASSUR Aerospace tool used by both the Jet Blue ramp tower and the BOS ATC tower. The traffic conditions in and out of three alleyways of BOS Terminal C poses significant challenges to both ramp operators and tower controllers who need to manage incoming arrivals, departures pushing back from gates, and aircraft being towed from overnight parking areas to the gates. The tool is used by the ramp operator to input a desired sequence of traffic based on flight information. In the ATC tower, the tool has the same sequence information displayed to the ATC Ground controller, who would normally accept the sequence requests made by the ramp operator. The tool has generated benefits for Jet Blue in terms of fuel savings (roughly about $2,500/day).
      At Raytheon, the NASA team viewed Raytheon's facility used for demonstrating the Integrated Arrivals, Departures, and Surface (IADS) concept for a metroplex environment. The facility consisted of a suite of tools including: the PASSUR Integrated Traffic Management (PITM) for airport/airline operations through Collaborative Decision Making (CDM); Raytheon-developed capabilities including Electronic Flight Strips for ATC tower controllers; and TRACON Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) display with a Traffic Management Unit (TMU) position. (POC: Shawn Engelland)



Aviation Systems Division Meeting with Jet Propulsion Laboratory
December 22, 2014

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has assembled a small team from their Machine Learning and Instrument Autonomy group to explore the application of machine learning (data mining / classification) techniques to air traffic data, to develop strategies for dealing with events that disrupt normal air traffic operations. Drs. Tara Estlin and Alphan Altinok from JPL visited Ames Research Center on December 15, 2014 and held discussions with Drs. Banavar Sridhar, Karl Bilimoria and Heather Arneson. The discussions provided JPL an understanding of the various data sources and software used in Air Traffic Management. JPL has requested a copy of the Future ATM Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET) and a software usage agreement is in progress. JPL plans to develop a proposal to Ames based on these interactions with Division Staff. (POC: Dr. Banavar Sridhar)



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