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Matthew Daigle and Nikunj Oza Present SMART-NAS Real-Time Safety Modeling at NASA - FAA Safety Research Transition Team Meeting
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Matthew Daigle and Nikunj Oza Present SMART-NAS Real-Time Safety Modeling at NASA - FAA Safety Research Transition Team Meeting

Matthew Daigle and Nikunj Oza presented work on the Shadow-Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) Real-Time Safety Modeling (RTSM) project at the NASA - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Research Transition Team (RTT) kickoff meeting at FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 2016. Matthew Daigle presented work on designing, monitoring, and predicting safety metrics and unsafe events, and Nikunj Oza presented work on data-driven methods for anomaly detection/precursor identification. Additionally, Jessica Nowinski (Code TH, on detail at HQ) presented an overview of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Real-time System-wide Safety Assurance (RSSA) strategic thrust. Several FAA personnel presented database and analysis tools that they currently use on commercial aircraft-related data.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss aviation safety-related work currently occurring within NASA and the FAA. The goal of the Safety RTT was to facilitate transitioning of NASA aviation safety-related work to the FAA for operational use. To that end, follow-up actions are planned to make additional information and data available to NASA to facilitate further development of RTSM work that Matthew and Nikunj presented.

BACKGROUND: A critical element of airspace systems is the question of how to assure airspace safety, in particular, as new operational concepts are being introduced. Real-Time Safety Modeling (RTSM) is a sub-project under the SMART-NAS project in the Aviation Operations and Safety Program within the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. It investigates methodologies, techniques, and tools to assess and predict safety margins at the local, regional, and national airspace levels. It determines which elements contribute to safety and provides techniques to forecast the evolution of individual safety contributors. Preemptive actions will be possible, rather than reactive ones, that will have a higher chance of avoiding safety-averse situations vs. having to mitigate them.

The Safety Reasearch Transition Team (RTT) is one of several RTT’s designed to facilitate the transition of NASA research into products that the FAA and others can use in operational aviation settings. To that end, RTT’s identify work areas within NASA and the FAA that are well-aligned and can help mature NASA work for operational use by the FAA. The Safety RTT is aimed at transitioning this work to the FAA to increase the scope of safety-relevant knowledge that the FAA can use to understand past aviation operations, as well as to monitor real-time operations.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Shadow-Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) project under the Safe Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) project, Aviation Operations and Safety Program (AOSP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

POINT OF CONTACT: Nikunj Oza, nikunj.c.oza@nasa.gov

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