FCA Rerouting DST

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNA04BA56C
Agency Tracking Number: 033406
Amount: $68,122.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Metron Aviation, Inc.
131 Elden Street, Suite 200, Herndon, VA, 20170-4758
DUNS: 118463475
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Hoffman
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 456-0123
 hoffman@metronaviation.com
Business Contact
 Seth Blackwell
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (703) 787-8700
Email: blackwell@metronaviation.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A fundamental component of traffic flow management (TFM) is the rerouting of aircraft to alleviate congestion in constrained airspace. An integral concept in the future of TFM is a more collaborative process in which TFM disseminates airspace constraints and the users react with a selection of a (possibly) limited number of rerouting options. With the advent of more elaborate and collaborative traffic management initiatives, the NAS operators are now confronted with a myriad of options in rerouting and delay absorption that they have never before encountered. The only decision support tools currently available to the airlines are flight planning tools, which choose an optimal route for an isolated flight given the physical properties of the aircraft and some forecasted winds. This completely ignores the effects of traffic congestion and, therefore, the potential intervention of air traffic service providers. We propose to develop a flight rerouting decision support tool for use by the airlines that will allow rerouting choices to be made in the face of forecasted airspace constraints and traffic congestion.

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