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November 7, 2022

Cleveland Hopkins Airport implements Leidos technology

Developed for the FAA, the TFDM is claimed to streamline operations in the air traffic control tower of the airport.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in the US has deployed the Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) system from Leidos to minimise runway departure queues.

Developed for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), TFDM is claimed to streamline operations in the air traffic control (ATC) tower of the airport.

Leidos Transportation Solutions senior vice-president Fran Hill said: “With an increase in air traffic nationwide, it’s crucial for airports to leverage the most innovative systems and technology to keep airport traffic consistently flowing.

“The benefits of TFDM are far-reaching. Not only will it improve the passenger experience by reducing delays, but it will also lower greenhouse gas emissions through reduced aeroplane taxi times.”

A tower-based Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) system, TFDM enhances surface management and efficiency, stated the technology firm.

It provides electronic data to controllers as well as air traffic managers, aircraft operators and airports to stage arrivals and departures while handling surface traffic flow.

Leidos served as the prime contractor and a lead integrator, developing and deploying the TFDM technology. It will continue to offer maintenance support services to maintain the functionality of the solution.

In 2024, Leidos plans to implement its system at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina, US.

Called Build 2.0, the system will feature new tools and data-sharing capabilities to serve flight operators and other stakeholders.

Going forward, Leidos intends to roll out its TFDM technology across more airports in the US.

In June, Punta Cana International Airport (Puj) in the Dominican Republic utilised Leidos to upgrade the security lanes of its Terminal B checkpoint.

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