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2017 To Witness Test Of NASA’s Aircraft Arrival Technology

First Posted: Nov 03, 2016 04:13 AM EDT

Recently, NASA has announced that the space agency and its partners are working on the latest and new traffic control innovation named Flight Deck Interval Management or FIM. This new improvement promises to increase the number of airplanes landing in a safe manner on the same runway at the busy airports by managing the time, interval, and arrival between each aircraft accurately.

According to Zee News, the US space agency released a statement on October 31, 2016, which states, "The new and latest technology will increase the chances of your flights - connecting or otherwise - arriving on time." Less time in the air also means extra savings for expensive jet fuel and reduced aircraft emissions.

The Flight Deck Interval Management is a part of NASA's Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration-1 or ATD 1. It is a coordinated effort involving NASA, Federal Aviation Administration and industries which develop and analyze the latest technologies and processes related to the scheduling of the aircraft and airport arrivals.

As per a report published in Hunt News, William Johnson from NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia states that FIM allows the controller to deliver the aircraft more accurately and more predictably which is a huge advantage and it helps the airlines and airport operators to manage the air traffic efficiently in order to minimize the delays.

A complex field demonstration of FIM which includes NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the industry will be conducted during early 2017 over the Washington state. The new air traffic control innovation of NASA and its partners are working with deep commitment to make the passengers happy and satisfied.

Today, the present air traffic control technology and the processes can estimate the arrival times within a minute or so. But the Flight Deck Interval Management is expected to facilitate controllers and the airport to count on aircraft arriving within five to ten seconds of the estimated time. The FIM combines the NASA-developed software with the commercially available off-the-shelf hardware and it helps to connect the system to the aircraft's onboard information and navigation system.

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