Christopher R. Brinton

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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)
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)
NASA Ames Research Center, in cooperation with the FAA, is developing the Surface Management System (SMS), a decision support tool that helps controllers and air carriers collaboratively manage the movements of aircraft on the surface of busy airports, thereby improving capacity, efficiency, and flexibility. This paper describes the Surface Management(More)
cooperation with the FAA, has completed research and development of a proof-of-concept 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 transfer to the FAA and(More)
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