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New software optimizes fuel consumption and air traffic

Over three million gallons of fuel saved by carriers in four years at one airport

More than 1 million gallons of fuel have been saved by air carriers in four years of testing at a US airport, thanks to software that reduces airport congestion during busy periods. That's according to an assessment published by a team of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) engineers leading the Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD) project.

"The mission was to get the technology out of the lab and into the field. These new tools and technologies have been embraced by the FAA and industry, and are being deployed at control facilities, operations centers, and flight decks across the country. While that might not seem like a lot compared to the billions of gallons used in aviation, it is an almost immediately realized benefit that will grow as the many ATD technologies are used by more and more airlines at more and more airports", said Shawn Engelland, ATD program project manager for Nasa.

The system tested over the years is a tool designed to optimize airport traffic management, making it more efficient in terms of time, fuel savings and costs for airlines. The tests were carried out through three sub-projects that analyzed specific phases: arrival and landing at the airport; taxiing and departure; prevention of adverse weather conditions.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency