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ATD-2 Phase 3 Briefing to FAA Fort Worth District Manager and Staff
May 9, 2019

The NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team provided a briefing on Phase 3 to the Fort Worth Center district manager and support staff on May 7, 2019. The support staff included air traffic managers from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Tower, DFW TRACON, Fort Worth En Route Center and their National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA) representatives. The briefing encompassed a high-level overview of ATD-2 and integrated involvement with several planned future systems that will be utilized in the National Airspace System. A history of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Industry involvement was also outlined with particular emphasis on NASA’s continuous participation in Collaborative Decision Making groups and forums. The briefing concluded with an operational discussion and overview of the operational concepts planned for Phase 3. The district manager and staff expressed full support of Phase 3 as the project continues to move forward. (POC: Greg Juro)



ATD-2 Assessment of Ramp Times 4 (ART-4) Human-in-the-Loop Simulation
May 9, 2019

Participants of the ATD-2 ART-4 human-in-the-loop simulation in FutureFlight Central

The Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Experiment team completed two weeks of testing the Assessment of Ramp Times (ART) 4 Human-in-the-Loop (HITL) simulation (April 22 – May 3, 2019) at NASA Ames Research Center’s FutureFlight Central (FFC). The ART studies simulated surface metering events and collected feedback from ramp controllers and managers to refine the ATD-2 tools for field operations. Participants included both active and retired Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and American Airlines controllers, traffic management coordinators, and American Airlines ramp controllers, and were also supported by pseudo-pilots. Participants managed traffic per normal Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) operations while the ramp control participants worked to meet surface metering advisories for pushing aircraft off of the gate and/or for delivering aircraft to the Spot between the ramp and the airport movement area (AMA). The FFC environment includes a 360-degree tower cab to simulate airline ramp operations, and a 270-degree out-the-window view to simulate the air traffic control tower (ATCT). Three traffic scenarios were built based on live DFW operations from the summer of 2018. The ramp and ATCT controllers managed surface traffic in the simulation using the Ramp Tower Console (RTC), Ramp Manager Tower Console (RMTC), and the Surface Trajectory Based Operations (STBO) Client ATD-2 user interfaces. The ATD-2 experiment team also hosted visitors/observers from various organizations during the simulation, including the Deputy FAA Administrator (acting), FAA TBFM Advisor, American Airlines’ Operations Systems and Planning department, and FAA Technology Development & Prototyping Division (ANG-C52). (POC: Lindsay Stevens and Yoon Jung)

Participant of the ATD-2 ART-4 human-in-the-loop simulation in FutureFlight Central at a workstation using ATD-2 tools.



NASA ATD-2, Phase 3 Meeting with FAA Field demo partners in North Texas
May 9, 2019

On May 2, 2019, the NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team and its North Texas region Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) field demo partners discussed the proposed operational use of the ATD-2 Phase 3 capability that will be utilized in the field in Summer 2019. The team met with local National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA) representatives, traffic managers of Fort-Worth En Route Center, Dallas Terminal Radar Approach Control, Dallas Love Tower, and Dallas/Fort-Worth Air Traffic Control Tower. The groups discussed the use of the National Traffic Management Log (NTML) for integrating restrictions in the Metroplex Planner, identifying specific coded departure routes (CDR) that will be utilized, potential feedback venues, training requirements and appropriate scenarios to test at the initial stages of the project. The discussion was followed by a hands-on demonstration of the equipment. The FAA field demo partners will be participating in a meeting with operators that will be using the system on May 9, 2019. (POC: Greg Juro)



NASA ATD-2 and Charlotte Airport Field Demo Partners Host FAA Administrator
May 9, 2019

FAA Administrator, Daniel Elwell observes use of ATD-2 equipment in the air traffic control tower at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

On April 29, 2019, the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) field demo partners from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Charlotte air traffic control facility and American Airlines’ Hub Control Center (HCC, i.e., ramp control facility) joined with NASA personnel to host the FAA Administrator, Mr. Daniel Elwell. The visit included a briefing and ATD-2 system demonstration from the former National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) representative for ATD-2. The Administrator then toured the facility, interacted with FAA personnel and observed use of ATD-2 equipment in the air traffic control tower and terminal radar approach control (TRACON). After touring the FAA facility, the Administrator met with American Airlines executives and observed ATD-2 surface departure metering at American Airlines’ CLT HCC. The Administrator expressed his positive impression of the collaborative nature of ATD-2-enabled operations in Charlotte, and the importance of technology transfer to both FAA and Industry. (POC: Shawn Engelland)

NASA personnel, ATD-2 field demo partners, and the FAA Administrator, Mr. Daniel Elwell, pose for a group photo.



ATD-2 Demo at Future Flight Central for FAA Deputy Administrator and NextGen Chief Scientist
May 9, 2019

FAA personnel tour the FutureFlight Central facility during the ATD-2 ART-4 simulation.

On April 24, 2019, the FAA Deputy Administrator, Mr. Carl Burleson and the FAA Office of NextGen Chief Scientist, Mr. Steve Bradford, toured the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) human-in-the-loop (HITL) data collection activities underway at the FutureFlight Central (FFC) facility. Additional participants included the ATD-2 FAA NextGen leads, National Air Traffic Controllers Association ATD-2 lead, NASA Ames Aeronautics Director, ATD Project representatives and Aviation Systems Division management. The visit included an overview of the FFC facility, description of ATD-2 surface metering, discussion of benefits, explanation of the experiment design and an opportunity to observe the ongoing HITL data collection. The HITL study focused on evaluating the ATD-2 tools under surface metering events, the results of which will be used to refine the tools prior to field operations. (POC: Lindsay Stevens and Al Capps)



UTM-Testbed Integration
May 1, 2019

The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) urban air mobility (UAM) sub-project achieved a significant technical accomplishment in its development of the UAM Grand Challenge (GC) airspace management backbone. The NASA ATM-X Testbed was connected to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Technology Capability Level 4 (TCL4) system components, and successfully demonstrated the exchange of simulated UTM operational data. The integration of the Testbed and the UTM TCL4 system facilitates a diverse range of GC simulations and enables users to access Testbed-connected simulation capabilities and data via TCL4. This is a crucial step towards preparing for GC flight test activities; industry partners will be able to conduct lab simulations to demonstrate required information exchange. Follow-up work is underway to connect the components (e.g., UAS Service Supplier - USS) of one or more industry partners with this integrated UTM TCL4-Testbed system that will be the foundation of the UAM GC airspace management backbone. To reduce risk, and pave the way for test simulations with GC partners, a demonstration of information exchange and interoperability between industry and NASA components is expected by the end of FY19. (POC: David Thipphavong)



NASA ATD-2 Shadow Session with FAA Field demo partners in North Texas
May 1, 2019

The ATD2 team and field demo partners meet at NTX.

On April 11, 2019, the NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team and its North Texas region Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) field demo partners discussed the proposed operational use of the ATD-2 Phase 3 capability that will be available in the field in Summer 2019. The team met with local National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA) representatives, traffic managers of Fort-Worth Air Traffic Control Center, Dallas-Fort Worth Terminal Radar Approach Control, and Dallas/Fort-Worth Air Traffic Control Tower. The NASA team demonstrated the ATD-2 metroplex system running with live data and created mock alternatives for rerouting traffic leveraging Trajectory Options Sets (TOSs) for concept walkthrough purposes. The group examined system recommended reroute opportunities and discussed procedural aspects of the FAA traffic management and approval process. A follow-up shadow session will take place in early May 2019 to gather feedback on the system features and discuss needs before the system is utilized in the field. (POC: Greg Juro)



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