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FAA Receives NASA Air Traffic Management Technology

The Federal Aviation Administration has received a NASA-made technology designed to decrease flight delays, fuel burn and emissions.

The technology, known as the Flight Deck Interval Management or FIM, is geared to facilitate performance-based procedures in congested airspace, FAA said Friday.

The FIM operates with terminal spacing and sequencing technology to help air traffic controllers manage aircraft arrivals and pilots determine appropriate flight speeds.

Traffic controllers receive visual aids with trajectory information that they use to guide pilots.

This information undergoes processing at an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system installed on a satellite.

The pilots then receive this information and enter their assessments into the FIM.

The technology transfer is part of Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration 1, a government-industry effort aiming to identify new technologies that help airports reduce delays in arrivals.

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