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/267-8521) RELEASE: 96-235
November 13, 1996
NASA AND FAA JOIN IN AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT RESEARCH NASA Associate Administrator of Aeronautics, Dr. Robert Whitehead and George L. Donohue, the FAA�s Associate Administrator for Research and Acquisitions, have agreed to a NASA/FAA Integrated Plan for Air Traffic Management Research and Technology that initiates research and development to improve service to the flying public. Using the latest aerospace technology, NASA and FAA initiatives will improve the efficiency of our nation�s airspace system. The initiative will be managed by a NASA/FAA Integrated Product Team that will address both near and longterm requirements, with initial emphasis on improvements that can be implemented within the next 10 years. Specific areas for joint NASA/FAA activities will include, but will not be limited to: � Roles of flight crews and air traffic controllers: More flexible flight operations may involve new roles for flight crews and air traffic controllers; Integration of air traffic management, cockpit and fleet management: Emerging technologies may permit closer integration of air traffic management, cockpit flight management, and operational control centers; � Cockpit situation awareness: Technologies developed for the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) offer new opportunities to improve cockpit situational awareness both on the airport surface and throughout airspace. Further development will increase flight crew participation in air traffic management decision-making; � Conflict detection and resolution: Development of automation technologies and pilot/controller roles will enable users to accurately predict and resolve conflicts in an efficient and safe manner; � Flight restrictions: Development of concepts, technologies, responsibilities, and procedures will minimize flight restrictions and maximize aircraft operations. Restrictions will continue to be imposed in high density areas; � Safety analysis: The highest level of safety will be
maintained. This will require analyses and simulations of safety hazards and development of tools for proactive detection of potentially hazardous situations; � All vehicle classes: Flight operations will accommodate all users including but not limited to: transport, general aviation, rotorcraft and military aircraft. The system will accommodate each aircraft class while assuring that avionics requirements are cost effective and affordable; � Cost-benefit assessments: Each step in the transition to more flexible flight operations will be substantiated by cost-benefit estimates. Projections will include impacts on both airspace users and air traffic management service providers. - end -