ATAC in the News
NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project
April 17, 2017 – ATAC is proud to announce the win of two NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects. In one project, ATAC will be developing an innovative automation tool to improve temporary and permanent runway closure management. The ATAC Movement Area Closure Planner (MACP) will provide airport stakeholder capabilities to improve decision processes and decision outcomes during surface closure events by developing a what-if simulation functionality to explore multiple operational decision choices.
In a second project, ATAC will also develop a machine learning based approach for improving post operations analysis and for potentially making it more autonomous. Current day capabilities for performing post operations analysis of air traffic operations at airports, airlines and air navigation service provider facilities are mostly limited to creating reporting type of analysis results which compare mean values of key performance indicators against the respective expected nominal levels (e.g., average daily delay).
For more information about these projects – contact Dave Schleicher at 408 736 2822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee Appointment
Mr. Steve Wright, ATAC’s Director of Military and UAS Programs has been selected by RTCA and the FAA to join the FAA’s newly appointed federal advisory committee, DACSC, Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee. The purpose of the DAC is to provide an open venue for FAA and UAS stakeholders to work in partnership to identify and recommend a single, consensus-based set of resolutions for issues regarding the efficiency and safety of integrating UAS into the NAS and to develop recommendations to address those issues and challenges. The DAC will also provide the FAA with recommendations which may be used for tactical and strategic planning purposes. The DAC will track and report progress and activities of FAA-approved Task Groups, provide suggested guidance for their work, and will coordinate final products for submittal to the FAA Administrator. Each FAA-approved Task Group will have a specific, limited charter that is developed by the DAC and is approved by the FAA Administrator. Adjunct to the DAC is the Subcommittee (DAC Subcommittee or DACSC) comprised of members with broad knowledge and expertise related to the integration of drones into the airspace system. The DAC may establish TGs to accomplish specific tasks. TG products will be presented to the DACSC for review and deliberation, then forwarded to the DAC or they might be presented directly to the DAC. Members of TGs will be appointed by the DACSC Co-Chairs in consultation with the RTCA President and DAC Chairman and DFO. The Director of the FAA UAS Integration Office will oversee the DAC Subcommittee and will function as the liaison to the FAA lines of business that have key roles to play in the integration of UAS into the NAS.
For further information please contact Steve Wright at email@example.com.
Drones in Disaster Emergency Response Flight Test/Demonstration Event
Researchers from the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center’s Aviation Research Division and Engineering Services Division supported the Drones in Disaster Emergency Response Flight Test/Demonstration Event which took place on Wed. Jun. 22, 2016 in Cape May, NJ. This historic milestone represented the first-ever ship-to-shore commercial drone delivery of medical supplies in a simulated disaster environment. Test flights conducted as part of the event by a Reno, Nevada-based startup called Flirtey Inc., will help determine whether drones can be used to carry human medical samples to and from areas that cannot be accessed or communicated with during major storms, earthquakes or other disasters. For the inaugural flight, Johns Hopkins University pathologists loaded the delivery drone with stool, blood and urine samples, which were delivered from land to a medical testing facility on the barge. On the return trip, researchers on the barge sent water purification tablets, insulin and a First Aid kit back to shore. Researchers hope that one day, private sector drone delivery services like Flirtey and government agencies like FEMA will be able to use drones to transport life-saving supplies to places and people that desperately need them.
As part of the event, which developed as an initiative from the DRBA Innovation Forums that the FAA participates as a member of, the FAA’s research team, including several members of ATAC Corporation, actively studied methods and technologies to gather and disseminate disparate information from participating entities as part of the test. In addition, the FAA displayed prior research activities while conducting outreach efforts to further the drone safety education campaign via materials that promote flight safety such as the Know Before You Fly campaign and the B4UFlyApp. ATAC Corporation employees Jean-Christophe Geffard and Tyler Travis provided network engineering and logistical support for the event. Working collaboratively with the FAA and several industry partners, the ATAC team helped to insure a successful flight campaign. The event highlighted the partnership between the FAA, Delaware River and Bay Authority, KWWD, ATAC, and industry partners Fovea Aero Systems, Ryan Media Labs, and Simulyze, to increase awareness and highlight the possibilities of unmanned aircraft systems benefiting the public good in a safe environment.
Supporting FAA's UAS Test and Engineering
10/09/2015 - ATAC has opened new office space including conference facilities in Egg Harbor, New Jersey in support of the mission of the FAA’s UAS Test and Engineering effort at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City. ATAC provides a T&E Support Team including engineers, IT experts, and ATC and aviation safety subject matter experts working on various UAS related projects including modeling and simulation of UAS operations for integration in the National Airspace System.
Helping to Improve Controller Training
CONGRATULATIONS to our SAIC team on winning the FAA’s Controller Training Contract! As a team member, ATAC will play a major role in the innovative solutions offered by our SAIC-led team as a better way to train air traffic controllers. ATAC will be working with our team and the FAA to embark on improvements to developmental, recurrent and skill enhancement training by pairing Kongsberg Gallium’s I-SIM system with ATAC’s analytical and scenario generation support.
NATCA COMMUNICATING FOR SAFETY Conference
03/04/2015 - Individuals from ATAC, Kongsberg Gallium and SAIC pose with NATCA leadership at the recent Communicating for Safety conference in March 2015. The companies teamed to potentially provide support to the FAA’s Technical Training program, bringing innovative simulation solutions to assist with developmental, skill enhancement and recurrent training.
ATAC's SkyView suite provides flight tracks and flight plans
08/31/2015 -The FAA has released information on the SoCal Metroplex project in Google Earth format. This information can be accessed here.
10/23/2014 - U.S. computer modelling company ATAC has partnered with simulation specialist Kongsberg Gallium to develop high-fidelity simulations to test and evaluate different air traffic scenarios in the National Airspace System (NAS).
ATAC working to improve air traffic flow in the Metroplexes
08/7/2014 - A Finding of No Significant Impact and Record of Decision (FONSI-ROD) for the Northern California Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (NorCal OAPM) Project was issued by the FAA and is available here.
08/7/2014 - A Finding of No Significant Impact and Record of Decision (FONSI-ROD) for the Atlanta Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (ATL OAPM) Project was issued by the FAA and is available here.
04/24/2014 - The FAA has extended the comment period for the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Northern California Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (NorCal OAPM) Project by ten calendar days. The comment period will close on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
04/23/2014 - The public comment period for the Environmental Assessment for the Atlanta Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) Project closed.
03/25/2014 - A Draft Environmental Assessment document for the Northern California Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (NorCal OAPM) project was issued by the FAA and is available here for review. Public comments will be received up to April 24, 2014.
03/23/2014 – An Environmental Assessment document for the Atlanta Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (ATL OAPM) project was issued by the FAA and is available here for review. Public comments will be received up to April 23, 2014.
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 www.metroplexenvironmental.com, 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.
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 and CANSO
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.
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
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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