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National Office Week in Review: Dec. 9, 2015

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· Reviewed TFMs Release 13 CBI. Then had some early hands on time with the Release 13 tools/changes. · Release 13 consists of: o SWIM (systemwide information management) TFM Data interfaces. o Departure Viewer. This is a new tool that is focused on showing departure data. It can be sorted by airpo rts or departure fixes. There currently is not a member on the team representing towers/tracons. This is a tool that will most likely be used frequently by tower/tracon TMCs. Mr. Keirce has asked that a tower/tracon TMC attend one of our upcoming meetings so that we can get their input on this tool. o Additional reports that can be generated from the list reports tool or command line. o NTML advisories. Gives NTML users more flexibility in choosing which types of advisories they can subscribe to. o TF MS messaging. This is a new email system to be used for sending messages through the TFMS system. o TSD enhancements. New features available on the TSD. Most of these changes are enhancements to the Collaborative Trajectori es Options Program (CTOP) tool. There are also enhancements to the FEA/FCA filtering tool. o OIS Summary Page enhancements. · Reviewed changes to the ABRR/PDRR tool that was recommended by the team. Also had hands on time with the tool. · Completed the TFMS Release 13 Safe ty Panel. · Release 12 ' s operational date is now s cheduled for January 29 or 30. · The next TFM DT meeting is scheduled for December 8 - 10 at the FAA Tech Center. UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) RTCA Chris Stephenson (NATCA Safety and Technol ogy Dept) and Steve Weidner have been participating on Special Committee 228 (SC228 ), which has been tasked with creating the Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for on - board Detect and Avoid (DAA) equ ipment. DAA equipment is meant t o provide unmanned aircraft (UA s) with an alternate means of complying w ith FAR 91.113 (See and Avoid). The scope of SC228 is for UA s operating between the termin al areas and class A airspace. The DAA equipment will alert the UA pilot to potential traffic and will advise the pilot when a maneuver is required to remain "well clear" of the other aircr aft as required by FAR 91.113. The challenge in creating the MOPS from an air traffic standpoint is to develop an algorithm that will advise the pilot soon enough to requ est a maneuver but not so far out that the UA pilot is requesting unnecessary maneuvers and causing a burden on the air traffic system. Pathfinder Activities In May, the FAA administrator announced that the agency had signed Cooperative Research Developme nt Agreements (CRDA) with three industry partners to explore ways to expand UAS integration beyond the parameters that are expected to be in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for small UAS. Earlier this fall, the agency

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