NextGen Task G
NextGen Task G focuses on using time based metrics to improve delivery accuracy of an aircraft at a specific point in space. The project studies the feasibility and effects of assigning Required Time of Arrival (RTA) requirements to aircraft. The flight trajectory is thus considered a 4-Dimensional (4D) object, and air traffic control shifts to Trajectory Based Operations (TBO). ERAU is has developed a Human in the Loop (HITL) Simulation System to support investigation of the 4D TBO concepts. The purpose of the HITL Simulation System is to provide a platform for experiments preceding actual flight tests. The experiments are designed to evaluate feasibility of operations and assess the controller and pilot workload in a limited scenario focusing on using RTA to meet Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) metering times. The scenario objective is to demonstrate pilot and en-route controller interactions collaborating to meet time of arrival control requirements needed for future operational concepts and thus demonstrating the potential advantage of 4D TBO. The project is planned to last through 2012, and employs faculty and students from the College of Engineering, College of Aviation, College of Arts and Sciences, and the NextGen TestBed research facility.
Electrical, Computer, Software & Systems Engineering
Dr. Keith Garfield is an Assistant Professor of Electrical, Computer, Software & Systems Engineering in Daytona Beach Campus.