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National Office Week in Review: Jan. 6, 2016

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o Newark (EWR) § Mr. Baugh, the AEFS tea m, the NATCA AEFS EWR team, EWR management and FacRep all met 11/30 - 12/02 to discuss the EWR adaptation of AEFS as well as the trainin g and implementation strategy. The meetings were very productive, and the entire group left with a positive outlook for the program succeeding in EWR by the April IOC date. § Training will begin March 7, 2016 and run until April 1, 2016. § Two displays will be installed in the cab to start field familiarization in late Dec . or early Jan. An additional training system has been placed in the EWR TSS lab to assist in the trainin g. o Phoenix (PHX) § PHX was sent, and has installed, new hardware due to the original server hardware failure. § Remaining AEFS sites are LAS planned for August 2016 and CLT planned for the end of 2016 to support the NASA ADT - 2 program. § A request for SM E support from current AEFS facilities for the growing DR list is in the works and the selections should be made by the end of Jan 2016. · SWIM Visualization Tool (SVT) o Deployment of the new software build featuring more comprehensive filtering capa bilities has been deployed to SCT and SDF, who have agreed to test the build for 30 days. The final version of the new build is expected in early 2016, ending a positive review from the test sites. o NATCA and FAA met at N90 on Dec. 9 to discuss N90 ' s invo lvement and usage of SVT. They currently use Aerobahn as their main surface tool but agreed to use SVT more in the future. To further increase usage, SVT will look into upgrading to add an auto - offset function, faster refresh rate , and better updating of a irports regarding construction/closures. TIME BASED FLOW MANAGEMENT (TBFM): Eric Owens (I90) is the TBFM Article 48 Representative. Below is Mr. Owens' report for this week. · A group from the TBFM Ops Team went to the Tech Center to assist with ZDV lab scenarios. Multiple scenarios were run to determine the best way to use GIM - s while in an exten ded metering (XM) environment. o We also look ed at Coupled Scheduling (CS). The meter poin t was set from 190nm to 230nm. The controllers did not feel CS gav e them enough room to make adjustments to the airc raft and lose the time needed. There were numerous times that the controller received a "No Advisory" so it was determined a new aircraft characteristics file which is currently being developed. After testi ng numerous configurations, the ZDV controllers preferred the Arrival system configuration with the freeze horizons moved out t o 230nm. o In addition, they liked the Arrival and XM configuration with the stipulation that TMU could turn it on for ZMP to eit her schedule "only"

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