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PDARS using ASDE-X data is helping the FAA with the NextGen project

ATAC working to improve air traffic flow in the Metroplexes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with direct assistance from ATAC, released the Washington D.C. Metroplex Optimization of the Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (DC OAPM) Final Environmental Assessment (EA), and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Record of Decision (ROD).  Issuance of the FONSI/ROD marks the final milestone in completing the NEPA process for the DC OAPM Project.  FAA is now cleared to begin implementing the proposed PBN procedures.

The FONSI/ROD is available at, a website supported by ATAC.  A Metroplex is a geographic area covering several airports, serving major metropolitan areas and a diverse group of aviation stakeholders such as NAS users, FAA, and other lines of business and airport operators. Congestion, airport activity in close geographical proximity, and other limiting factors such as environmental constraints combine to reduce efficiency in busy Metroplexes.

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In response to recommendations from the aviation community through RTCA’s NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force, the FAA is putting integrated NextGen capabilities in place to improve air traffic flow in the Metroplexes.  By optimizing airspace and procedures in those areas, the FAA provides solutions on a regional scale, rather than focusing on a single airport or set of procedures. The optimization plan takes into account all airports and airspace that support each metropolitan area, as well as how air traffic in those areas interacts with other Metroplexes. It considers myriad factors including safety, efficiency, capacity, access and environmental impact.  Currently, the FAA is evaluating the Atlanta, Charlotte, Northern California, North Texas, Southern California, and Washington, D.C. Metroplexes.  ATAC is supporting the FAA in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processing and analysis for these critical OAPM projects.


ATAC is a proud member of CANSO which is the global voice of the companies that provide air traffic control, and represents the interests of Air Navigation Service Providers worldwide. 

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Simmod PRO! 8 Now Available

ATAC released the latest upgrade to its advanced, rules-based airport and airspace modeling and simulation tool. This release includes a number of enhancements to the features as well as optimizations throughout the code to improve ergonomics and responsiveness.  Additionally, the user interface has been recompiled with Java version 7 with an updated look-and-feel.  Supported users can obtain this release from our support website. If you have any questions concerning this or want to obtain additional information, please contact Eric Boyajian.

2011 FAAMA Convention

David Grizzle Chief Operating Officer of the Air Traffic Organization with ATAC staff.

During the FAAMA 2011 convention which was held October 16-20, at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, David Grizzle, the Chief Operating Officer of the Air Traffic Organization, (on the right) dropped by the ATAC booth to take a look at PDARS and its capabilities.


2010 Small Business Administration (SBA) Award

ATAC was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Award for Excellence in recognition of ATAC's outstanding contribution and service to the nation. ATAC was Naval Facility Engineering Command’s nominee for the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award for 2009. ATAC was nominated based on our delivery and exceptional performance. ATAC delivered 30 Baseline Airfield and Airspace Models to the Secretary of the Navy.  Over the past year, ATAC has delivered three Joint Strike Fighter basing analysis studies for the USMC and Navy ahead of schedule and is currently ahead of schedule for an in-progress U.S. Army analysis of unmanned aerial systems operating in special use airspace in southern Arizona.

INM 7.0c Released

FAA AEE and the AEDT Development Team are pleased to announce that INM 7.0c, released on January 3, 2012, is a free update to INM 7.0b. INM 7.0 is a significant upgrade over the INM 6 series and includes many enhancements. An INM Version 7.0c Order Form is available on the FAA's website at: FAA INM

DLR licenses Simmod PRO!

ATAC Corporation is pleased to announce that the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has become the external launch customer for ATAC's Simmod PRO! rules-based airport and airspace modeling and simulation product. Simmod PRO! has been used for many airport and airspace analyses projects within ATAC, and researchers at DLR will now have access to the world's leading airport and airspace analysis software.

DLR is Germany's national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space program as well as international representation of Germany's interests.


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