A joint Aerospace High Density Operations Branch (AFH) / Human Systems Integration Division (TH) / Intelligent Systems Division (TI) paper titled “An Investigation of Flight Deck Data Link in the Terminal Area” won best overall paper at the Tenth USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research and Development Seminar (ATM2013) on June 13, 2013.
BACKGROUND: The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and Europe’s Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) concepts require an increased use of trajectory-based operations, including extensive strategic air traffic control clearances. The clearances can be lengthy and complex, which necessitates data link communications to allow for message permanence and integration into the autoflight systems (i.e., “autoload” capability). This paper examines the results from a human-in-the-loop simulation that was conducted to evaluate the usage of flight deck data link communications for strategic and tactical clearances in the terminal area, and discusses the implications for strategic and compound clearance usage in NextGen and SESAR.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Federal Aviation Administration
TEAM: Sandra Lozito (AFH), Lynne Martin (TH), John Kaneshige (TI), Vicki Dulchinos (AF), and Shivanjli Sharma (TI)
Contact: Sandra Lozito