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FAA Looks at Collaborative Trajectory Option Program Decision Support Capability
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FAA Looks at Collaborative Trajectory Option Program Decision Support Capability

Under NASA-funded work supporting Integrated Demand Management (IDM), MOSAIC ATM, Inc. is doing research on challenges in setting Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP) rates and predicting airline responses with an overall goal of developing a decision-support capability for CTOP. Chris Brinton (MOSAIC ATM) gave a presentation on this work to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Organization Vice President for System Operations Mike Artist . Mike stated that he sees a great value in the fact that a decision-support tool can recommend rates based on scientific analysis. Deepak Kulkarni and Steve Jacklin are the NASA Technical Monitor and Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) for the MOSAIC ATM research grant on CTOP.

BACKGROUND: One of the primary causes for congestion and delays in the National Airspace System (NAS) is that the number of flights (demand) often exceeds the ability of the airspace to accommodate the traffic (capacity). The effort to balance demand with capacity is known as Traffic Flow Management (TFM). The Air Traffic Management (ATM) community has made important progress in collaborative trajectory management through the introduction of an FAA traffic management initiative called the Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP). CTOP allows management of multiple constrained areas simultaneously. It is also collaborative in that it permits airlines to provide a set of preferred reroute options.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Air Traffic Management eXploration (ATM-X) project / Integrated Demand Management (IDM), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

TEAM: Steve Jacklin (NASA COTR), Deepak Kulkarni (NASA Technical Monitor), and MOSAIC ATM

POINT OF CONTACT: Deepak Kulkarni, deepak.kulkarni@nasa.gov

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