Saab Sensis Corporation, a subsidiary of defense and security company Saab, is participating in the NextGen Institute’s Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) Technical Interchange as the air traffic control Decision Support Tool (DST) developer subject matter expert (SME). Saab Sensis will be reviewing existing research on TBO procedures and technologies and providing recommendations from the DST perspective for further development of TBO concepts.
As part of NextGen, the FAA and NASA have supported research to develop the procedures and tools needed to implement the automated routing of high altitude en-route flights using negotiated trajectory-based flight paths instead of Air Traffic Controller clearance-based paths. Under the direction of the FAA, the NextGen Institute is bringing together key industry stakeholders (air traffic controllers, airlines, airframe manufacturers, and DST developers) who are now participating in a detailed review of existing research to identify gaps, concerns and additional areas of needed research to move TBO to its next stage.
Saab Sensis is representing the DST developer perspective based on its experience in past and current TBO-related modeling and simulation projects, including Three Dimensional Path Arrival Management (3D PAM), Trajectory Based Flow Management (TBFM) and Tailored Arrivals. In addition, Saab Sensis will participate in joint FAA/SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) technical interchange that will shape the harmonization of future transatlantic air travel.
“The TBO Technical Interchange is a great example of how the aviation industry, academia and regulators are collaborating to ensure that appropriate issues are being addressed in the development of aviation’s future. This ensures that research and development efforts are focused on delivering the procedures and tools that meet the specific requirements of the industry,” said Ken Kaminski, senior vice president and general manager of Saab Sensis Corporation. “By coordinating with the international SESAR community, the future synchronization of efficient, cross-Atlantic air travel is being formed with common requirements and operational concepts.”
Saab Sensis is a leader in modeling, simulation and analysis of the potential impact of future airspace and airport improvements through numerous projects for the FAA, NASA, JPDO and other industry and academic organizations. Through its fast-time and real-time capabilities, Saab Sensis can generate current and future air traffic demand scenarios, provide system-wide or regional simulations to evaluate current and future air traffic management concepts, conduct human-in-the-loop simulations of NextGen concepts, and analyze and visualize simulation results. The company also develops decision support tools that help airport stakeholders address key efficiency and capacity challenges.