Shadow Evaluation of the ATD-2 Phase 3 Trajectory Option Set Reroute Capability in the North Texas Metroplex

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Conference Proceeding

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14th USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research and Development Seminar, ATM 2021


This paper presents results of NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 Phase 3 Trajectory Option Set reroute capability designed to resolve a demand capacity imbalance along the terminal airspace boundary. We focus on Candidate flights generated during the Stormy 2020 Shadow Evaluation which was the result of using the system to passively collect predictions for each flight at the OUT event. Benefit metrics associated with the predictions are defined for the individual rerouted flight and also the system-wide savings. Candidate flights are grouped into three distinct use cases and the benefit mechanism is explained for each use case along with illustrative data. Analysis of the different use cases shed light on the underlying causes of the reroute opportunities. Lessons learned from the Stormy 2020 Shadow Evaluation including the importance of reroutes during recovery from Severe Weather Avoidance Programs and also reroutes in the absence of terminal airspace restrictions will be incorporated into the Phase 3 Field Evaluation in 2021 to maximize reroute opportunities.


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