Since 1971, Lincoln Laboratory has supported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the development of new technology for air traffic control. This work initially focused on aircraft surveillance and weather sensing, collision avoidance, and air-ground data link communication. The program has evolved to include safety applications, decision support services, and air traffic management automation tools. The current program is supporting the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Key activities include development of the next-generation airborne collision avoidance system; refinement and technology transfer of NextGen weather architectures, including cloud processing and netcentric data distribution; and development of standards and technology supporting unmanned aerial systems' integration into civil airspace.

 Lincoln Laboratory staff provide training and elicit uesr requirements in the field for new technologies, such as the Route Availability Planning Tool (RAPT) shown above. The tool is now operational as part of the Federal Aviation Administration's Traffic Flow Management System in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Leadership for Air Traffic Control

Dr. Melissa ChoiDr. Melissa G. Choi Jim FlavinJames M. Flavin

Dr. Marilyn WolfsonDr. Marilyn Wolfson

Dr. James KucharDr. James Kuchar Gregg ShoultsDr. Gregg Shoults


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