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Evaluation of Mixed-Mode Data-Link Communications for NextGen 4DT and Equivalent Visual Surface OperationsBy 2025, U.S. air traffic is predicted to increase 3-fold and may strain the current air traffic management system, which may not be able to accommodate this growth. In response to this challenge, a revolutionary new concept has been proposed for U.S. aviation operations, termed the Next Generation Air Transportation System or NextGen. Many key capabilities are being identified to enable NextGen, including the use of data-link communications. Because NextGen represents a radically different approach to air traffic management and requires a dramatic shift in the tasks, roles, and responsibilities for the flight deck, there are numerous research issues and challenges that must be overcome to ensure a safe, sustainable air transportation system. Flight deck display and crew-vehicle interaction concepts are being developed that proactively investigate and overcome potential technology and safety barriers that might otherwise constrain the full realization of NextGen. The paper describes simulation research examining data-link communications during 4DT and equivalent visual surface operations.
Document ID
20110003612
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Prinzel, Lawrence J., III (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Shelton, Kevin J. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Jones, Denise R. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Allamandola, Angela S. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Arthur, Jarvis, J., III (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Bailey, Randall E. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2010
Subject Category
Air Transportation and Safety
Report/Patent Number
LF99-9187
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 609866.02.07.07.02
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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