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The goal is to improve the flow of aircraft by taking real-time snapshots of how things are working on the ground The goal is to improve the flow of aircraft by taking real-time snapshots of how things are working on the ground

American Partners with NASA to Develop New Air Transportation System

For the past few years, American Airlines team members have been working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA engineers in the airline’s control centre at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to develop the future of ramp and gate management.

Part of this vision is the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) programme, a five-year project to streamline arrivals and departures and improve ground operations with the purpose of increasing safety and efficiency, and is a key element of the FAA's NextGen vision for surface.

Current systems rely on radar. The new system relies on GPS and satellite technology, incorporating real-time data and operational awareness across all systems to allow coordination among the ramp, ATC tower, terminal and control centre.