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Research & Demonstrations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) have an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) that designates Embry-Riddle as the operator of the Florida Test Bed. ERAU supports the Test Bed by operating the facility and by working with industry in support of FAA-assigned NextGen tasks.

To accomplish these tasks, Embry-Riddle establishes sub-contracts with companies in and out of the industry.

Below are tasks managed by Embry-Riddle and performed at the FTB by ERAU and/or companies that have been subcontracted by university staff at the facility in support of the goal.


Projects

Mini Global II Demonstration 

Mini Global SWIM is an open communications infrastructure that allows ANSPs, airlines, and other stakeholders to exchange data using open standards. The Mini Global II project demonstrates the applicability of global exchange models through the exchange of Flight, Aeronautical and Weather information using the FIXM, AIXM, and iWXXM standards. Mini Global demonstrations seek to advance collaborative flight information exchanges utilizing SWIM and established standards amongst operators and ANSPs worldwide to support the ultimate goal of seamless interoperability and international harmonization. 

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Mini Global (MG)

Worked on: FY 2013-15

Description:

  • Demonstrate the applicability of the global exchange models for flight, aeronautical, and weather information
  • Show how the FAA, International Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), and flight operators — in both the Pacific and Atlantic regions — are able to share common information to improve collaborative decision making (CDM), improve air traffic management (ATM), and promote international harmonization

Industry Partners:

Systems Used:

  • National Airspace System Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS)
  • En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM)
  • Advanced Technologies and Ocean Procedures (ATOP)
  • Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)
  • Surface Decision Support System (SDSS)
  • Collaborative Flight Plan Management (CFPM)
  • Target Generation Facility (TGF)
  • NCR (Weather data displayer and injector)
  • OV Dex (Tech Center’s global viewer)
  • Mini Global Cloud
  • International Systems
Aircraft Access to System Wide Information Management (SWIM)

Worked on: FY 2012-13

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Develop a platform leveraging the Florida NextGen Test Bed (FTB) infrastructure to demonstrate the use of an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) to access System Wide Information Management (SWIM) information.

Systems Used:

  • System Wide Information Management (SWIM)/DEX (Harris Corp.’s system for SWIM)/National Airspace System Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS)
  • Data Messaging Service
  • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)

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Airborne Execution of Flow Strategies

Working on: FY 2012-14

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Demonstrate the technical and operational feasibility of allowing airlines to provide priorities to their fleet to be managed by Traffic Based Flow Management (TBFM)

Systems Used:

  • Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)
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Automation Convergence

Completed: FY 2012-13

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Demonstrate the technical and operational feasibility of extending Flight Data services from the En Route automation system to provide an infrastructure to Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) and Tower facilities.

Systems Used:

  • En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM)
  • National Airspace System Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS)
  • Surface Decision Support System (SDSS)

NextGen Network Enabled Weather (NNEW) and 4D Weather Cube

Completed: FY 2011-12

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Investigate weather integration and republication capabilities.

Systems Used:

  • NextGen Network Enabled Weather (NNEW) Weather Distribution Server/Client.

Standard Color Palette for Air Traffic Displays

Completed: FY 2010

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Define a set of colors to be used to uniquely code information on computer-driven Air Traffic Displays to be used in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

Systems Used:

  • En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM)
  • Advanced Technologies and Ocean Procedures (ATOP)
  • Common Automated Radar Terminal System (CARTS)
  • Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X)

Flight Data Objects Phase 3

Completed: FY 2011-12

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Develop a Preliminary FDO Benefits Analysis.
  • Initiate the Demonstration engineering analysis.
  • Establish Demonstration scenarios data elements, procedures, stakeholders, engineering needs, and scheduling.

Systems Used:

  • Advanced Technologies and Ocean Procedures (ATOP)
  • En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM)
  • System Wide Information Management (SWIM)-like interface
  • Single Thread Portugal’s Oceanic System (SATL)

Aircraft Arrival Management System (AAMS)

Completed: FY 2010-11-12

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Collect data and determine potential benefit of using an Airline Operation Center (AOC)-based metering tool and provide analysis in support of future National Airspace System enhancements toward implementation of point in space metering in the NAS.

Systems Used:

  • Aircraft Arrival Management System (AAMS) Metering Tool
  • Airline Operation Center (AOC) partner systems
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Oceanic In-Flight Advisory Operational Trial Planning

Completed: FY 2009-10-11

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Plan an operational trial that makes available the Oceanic In-Flight Advisory tool to Airline Operation Centers (AOCs) via System Wide Information Management (SWIM)-like infrastructure.

Systems Used:

  • Advanced Technologies and Ocean Procedures (ATOP)
  • Portugal’s Oceanic System (SATL)
  • Oceanic In-flight Advisory tool

Surface Exchange of Flight Data Objects

Completed: FY 2009

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Extends flight data object to include airport surface operation and demonstrate collaboration and information exchange.

Systems Used:

  • Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X)
  • Surface Decision Support tools

Unmanned Aerial Systems

Completed: FY 2009-10

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Investigate Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) pilot interaction.
  • Demonstrate use of 4D Flight Management Systems (FMS) as a control mechanism for precise/manageable flight trajectory.
  • Improve UAS pilot traffic/weather “situational awareness” with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

Systems Used:

  • Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
  • National Airspace System Voice System (NVS) Prototype
  • Traffic Management Advisor (TMA)
  • En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM)
  • Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS)/Common Automated Radar Terminal System (CARTS)

International Flight Data Object

Completed: FY 2009

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Lab demonstration of international flight data exchange between Advanced Technologies and Ocean (ATOP)/ En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) and ATOP/ Portugal Oceanic System (SATL).

Systems Used:

  • Advanced Technologies and Ocean Procedures (ATOP)
  • En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM)
  • System Wide Information Management (SWIM)-like interface
  • Single Thread Portugal’s Oceanic System (SATL)

Weather Integrated Into Traffic Management Advisor/En Route

Completed: FY 2008

Industry Partners:

Description:

  • Improve weather detection and prediction, pass to Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) via System Wide Information Management (SWIM)-like network.
  • Evaluate SWIM-enabled Concept of Operations (CONOPs) and controller user interface concepts for ERAM based re-planning around convective weather for flights.
  • En route to meter fix.

Systems Used:

  • En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM)
  • Common Automated Radar Terminal System (CARTS)
  • Traffic Management Advisor (TMA)
  • Surface Decision Support System (SDSS)
  • Vendox Weather (Wx) data
  • Corridor Integrated Weather System (CWIS)

Automation Modernization (ERAM)
Description:
  • Backbone of the NAS: processing flight radar data, providing communication support, and generating displays data to air traffic controllers.
  • Shift from radio and ground-based surveillance to data link and satellite surveillance.
Systems Used:
  • En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM)