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September 29, 2021

FAA to deploy Nasa tech across airports for sustainable aviation

The new technology will help reduce taxi time and fuel burn, lowering carbon emissions.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will deploy a new Nasa technology at busy US hub airports, which can calculate gate pushbacks to help each aircraft roll directly to the runway and take off.

The testing of the new software capability has been completed.

The new Nasa technology is said to help minimise taxi time and fuel burn, which would result in reducing carbon emission and support the government’s goal to build a sustainable aviation system.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said: “This new capability as part of a flight merging system has a double benefit, it reduces aircraft emissions and ensures air travellers experience more on-time departures.”

The government agency plans to roll out this new software across 27 airports in the country.

Developed by Nasa, the software was tested for around four years and will now be part of the FAA Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) programme.

During tests at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), the programme resulted in reduced taxi times, which saved more than 275,000 gallons of fuel annually and cut down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 8t of carbon emissions on a daily basis.

Additionally, the software helped in reducing delays by 916 hours.

Nasa administrator Bill Nelson said: “Nasa is developing transformative technologies that will revolutionise the aviation sector as we know it.

“The proof is in the pudding. This air traffic scheduling technology enhances aircraft efficiency and improves dependability for passengers every day.

“I’m excited that the software Nasa developed for air traffic controllers and airlines will be soon rolled out at airports across the country and know the results will continue to be extraordinary.”

Upon the completion of the roll-out, FAA estimates that the new technology would help save over seven million gallons of fuel annually and remove more than 75,000t of carbon emissions annually.

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