Saab Sensis is to provide NextGen concepts and technologies to the Florida NextGen Test Bed (FTB) in Daytona Beach, Florida, US.

The key projects include supporting unmanned air systems in the National Airspace System (NAS) demonstrations, which are being trialled as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tests and demonstrate NextGen concepts and technologies for possible deployment in the NAS.

Saab Sensis will help define information and systems to be included in the Flight Data Object programme, a new concept to improve flight planning by sharing flight information among all stakeholders (the FAA, airlines and airport) as the flight moves through the NAS.

The company has several systems operating in the NAS and at major airports, including Airport Surface Detection Equipment Model X (ASDE-X) technology and the Aerobahn airport surface management system, which are being used to support ongoing FTB projects.

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The tools include an ASDE-X controller working position, a specialised display and input device that has been adapted for System Wide Information Management (SWIM) data-sharing, and record and playback software for reviewing airport surface movements.

The Aerobahn system will support collaborative decision-making; this has also been adapted for SWIM data-sharing between airport stakeholders, and is available for the recording and playback of surface operations.

"Saab Sensis has extensive experience in developing, analysing and implementing NextGen concepts and is actively contributing these skills along with NAS-ready tools to the Test Bed in a collaborative effort to shape the future of air travel," said Ken Kaminski, vice-president and general manager of Saab Sensis. "The Test Bed is facilitating the integration of technologies currently in use, such as ASDE-X and Aerobahn, with emerging NextGen concepts, the Flight Data Object and SWIM in a manner that can accelerate their deployment in the NAS."

The Test Bed was established by the US FAA in collaboration with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the development, demonstration and evaluation of emerging NextGen concepts and technologies in a collaborative environment.