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National Office Week in Review: Jan. 6, 2016

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derived RTA clearances to control the entr y time into TBFM - managed airspace (Figure 1). By using CTOP instead of MIT for conditioning the flow into TBFM, a more precise match of demand to capacity should be achievable, resulting in a more efficient blending of short and long - haul flights. The resu lt should be more predictable and equitable delay impact, as well as better utilization of available capacity. A longer - term objective of this IDM concept for CTOP/TBFM integration is to develop a framework that can be extended to address the larger and mo re dynamic demand - capacity mismatches associated with c onvective weather. · SCT Update: o Surface Metering now seems as though it is being approached along two lines - NASA is starting to look at the technical needs for the research to go forward acco rding to the 2017 timetable. The SCDM Stakeholders group is continuing to look at the user impact and interaction to help create a product that implement well. According to the information presented, Surface Metering is one small part of the ATD - 2 concept. o However, Surface Metering has always been identified as a part that can produce benefits in the near term without a costly outlay in resources. A question for NASA will be how will they produce the Surface Metering without the other pieces of the ATD - 2 be ing put in place at the same time. o The SCT Workgroup for CDM has received a tasking from the CSG to support TFDM Implementation of Surface Metering by visiting specified airports throughout the NAS to determine how the individual airport ' s policies and p rocedures across operations of industry and government can be harmonized with the surface metering concept. The first two sites are ATL from January 5 - 8, and LAS from January 10 - 13. Four more sites have been tentatively proposed: BOS, PHL, SEA, IAH. Dates for those sites have not yet been determined, but there is a goal to complete them before June. NEXTGEN: Melvin Davis (SCT) has represented the NATCA Membership for over four years as the NextGen Representative. Mr. Davis is retiring next month and this w ill be his last update to the membership. Kevin McLaughlin (SCT) will be the next National NextGen Representative. · The NextGen Organization has started an effort to review and revise the NextGen Mid - term concept of operations (ConOps). The ConOps i s a high level overview of the NextGen plan that was slated to take 20 years from inception to completion. The plan began 10 years ago in 2005 and considering that it ' s midpoint of the plan this is an ideal time to review it. o Over those 10 years , the aut horized spending has lagged the projected acquisi tion plan by about 33 percent. o This disparity has lead to delayed investment decisions and deferre d achievement of capabilities. o The review of the ConOps will highlight areas that remain unfulfilled and potentially begin a broader dialog within the ATO and the broader

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