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Virtual Workshop with National Campaign Airspace Partners- Part 1
May 6, 2020

The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Urban Air Mobility (UAM) sub-project hosted a virtual workshop on April 21, 2020. A total of approximately 50 participants included Industry partners for the National Campaign (NC) who have signed an Annex for NC simulations, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The purpose of the workshop was to update industry partners with information on the “X3” simulation scheduled for summer 2020. The discussion included updates to the Annex and Simulation schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other changes required to update the NASA UAM airspace management system to the latest industry standards. NC scenarios or use cases, focusing on nominal operations as well as off-nominals, were discussed, along with the requirements associated with those scenarios. The group also discussed emulated airspace that will be provided to the industry partners for exercising the scenarios.

POC: Spencer Monheim, Savvy Verma



NASA ATM-X Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Research Workshop #2
April 22, 2020

The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Project’s UAM sub-project research team hosted a virtual workshop March 31-April 2, 2020. The objective of the workshop was to discuss UAM research in the context of ongoing work related to the development of a UAM concept of operations, National Campaign, and ATM-X Phase 2 planning. Participants from Ames, Langley, and Glenn Research Centers included UAM Research Principal Investigators, their teams and collaborators, UAM sub-project management, as well as ATM-X project management and Aviation Systems Division line management. Through technical discussions, the group developed consensus on cross-cutting assumptions and additional input required to complete FY20 research and to coordinate results of the research being conducted across 12 threads.

POC: Heather Arneson



System Requirements Review for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Subproject
April 9, 2020

The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Project’s Initial Urban Air Mobility Operations Integration (UAM) sub-project conducted a System Requirements Review (SRR) for its upcoming UAM airspace simulation (X3), scheduled for September 2020. The X3 effort is intended to support NASA’s National Campaign 1 (NC-1) testing and the review, conducted across two sessions in March 2020, assessed how well X3, as proposed, will support preparations for future NC simulations and flight activities, particularly NC-1. An independent NASA review panel and internal stakeholders took part in the SRR sessions and provided valuable feedback and recommendations to the UAM team to ensure that the X3 simulation is well-aligned with the goals and objectives of UAM and ATM-X, as well as those for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) project and the NC sub-project.

POC: Annie Cheng



UAM Regional Modeling Collaboration with Los Angeles Department of Transportation
April 2, 2020

NASA is exploring collaboration opportunities with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LA DOT) focused on planning for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as a transportation alternative. As a part of the UAM infrastructure development, LA DOT—like a growing number of city governments—desire a capability to better assess prospective UAM vertiport locations. NASA is developing a Regional Modeling UAM Planning Tool to address this need. NASA Regional Modeling team members met virtually with representatives from the LA Mayor’s Office and the LA DOT including the DOT General Manager, on March 27, 2020. The group discussed NASA’s vision for the vertiport location assessment tool, including how factors such as environmental impact, multi-modal transportation options, zoning, etc., are incorporated in the decision-making process. The LA Mayor’s office representative presented a perspective on how UAM is being pursued as an essential option going forward, and the LA DOT described their vertiport selection considerations. This was the first meeting between NASA and LA DOT to explore research collaboration, and it was decided that additional meetings would be mutually beneficial to further develop potential points of collaboration.

POC: Kapil Sheth, Parimal Kopardekar



NASA ATD-2 Phase 3 Stormy 2020 Kick Off Meeting
April 2, 2020

The NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team conducted a Stormy 2020 kick off meeting with field operators in the North Texas area on March 19, 2020. The meeting was conducted remotely with all participants due to COVID-19 social distancing practices. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the readiness level of the field users to begin the test in early April as well as provide updates on the new features available in the system. The field users unanimously agreed to start the testing on April 6, 2020, acknowledging that participation may be influenced by COVID-19 related conditions on the part of the flight operators or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facilities.

NASA demonstrated new features of the real time metrics and enhanced filtering capabilities now available in the ATD-2 system. These new features were developed in response to valuable field user input received from Summer 2019 testing. The real time metrics include aggregate delay savings in several categories that are meaningful to the airlines and FAA facilities, as well as a self-scoring metric that reflects the accuracy of the ATD-2 system predictions. The enhanced filtering capabilities now include the capability to integrate NAS-wide reroute restrictions which will enable the system to present a more precise list of candidate flights to the flight operators.

The NASA team is adjusting the training process to enable virtual/remote participation instead of physically being on site. These adjustments include providing the training via video conferencing type capabilities, video recordings, and slide show presentations.

POC: Greg Juro



Aerobahn TFDM Planning Workshop
March 18, 2020

Participants of the Aerobahn TFDM Planning Workshop

On March 4, 2020, NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) researchers participated in the Aerobahn Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) Planning Workshop, hosted by Saab Sensis Corporation in Syracuse, New York. The goal of the Workshop was to bring together the future TFDM users identified by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) early TFDM implementation waterfall, including major airlines (American, United, Delta, Southwest) and airports (Charlotte, San Francisco, Seattle, New York), and provide updates on the user tool and solicit feedback. Currently, Saab Sensis is developing a tool powered by their Aerobahn product to provide users with an interface to communicate with TFDM. The interface includes submitting an airline’s Earliest Off-Block Times (EOBTs) and substitution requests for surface metering programs, and display of Target Off-Block Times (TOBTs) and Target Movement Area Entry Times (TMATs) generated by TFDM. Workshop participants discussed TFDM functionality to be used as well as roles and responsibilities during a surface metering program to prepare for the implementation of the program at their sites. ATD-2, a precursor to TFDM, is currently under operational evaluation at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) facilities, including the FAA air traffic control (ATC) Tower and American Airlines Ramp Tower since September 2017. ATD-2 researchers shared experiences and lessons learned from the field demonstration. The next workshop is currently scheduled for June 2020, hosted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).

POC: Yoon Jung and Hanbong Lee



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May 20, 2019
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Transportation engineer involved in drone traffic management
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