Christopher R. Brinton

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NASA Ames Research Center, in cooperation with the FAA, is studying automation for aiding airport surface traffic management. The Surface Management System (SMS) is a decision support tool that will provide information and advisories to help controllers and air carriers collaboratively manage the movements of aircraft on the surface of busy airports,(More)
Many studies have been conducted in an attempt to determine the complexity involved in handling an Air Traffic Control (ATC) situation. As the aviation community moves towards a Òfree flightÓ environment, traffic complexity may not necessarily increase or decrease, but it will most certainly change. To that end, traffic complexity, as it is perceived by the(More)
The generation of intermodulation distortion products due to the coupling of signals into the output port of an amplifier, often referred to as Reverse Intermodulation Distortion (IMD) can be a major problem when multiple transmitters are operated in close proximity. Such conditions can exist at cell telephone sites, broadcast facilities and even on(More)
NASA Ames Research Center, in cooperation with the FAA, has completed research and development of a proof-ofconcept Surface Management System (SMS). This paper reports on two recent SMS field tests as well as final performance and benefits analyses. Field tests and analysis support the conclusion that substantial portions of SMS technology are ready for(More)
When provided with predictive information of future trafic demand at an airport, air trafic managers can benefit through effective strategic planning, reductions in controller workload through information integration, and the provision of a shared view of the trafic situation. The objectives of the Surface Management System (SMS) Shadow Testing included: 1)(More)
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