Washington: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Tuesday it plans to deploy a new software capability to reduce taxi times and ramp congestion for flights at 27 major US airports.
The FAA and NASA said the new software was tested for four years that calculates gate pushback at busy hub airports “so that each plane can roll over and take off directly on the runway.” When deployed, the FAA said it anticipates saving more than 7 million gallons (26.5 million liters) of fuel annually and eliminating more than 75,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said at a press briefing that the software strategy came from “the trajectory to reach other planets in space … the idea was simple: take that technology and apply it to an aircraft.”
Airports to receive the software over the next decade include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago O’Hare and Midway, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston Bush, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Newark, New York JFK and La Guardia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington Dulles and Reagan National.
The project begins in Phoenix and Charlotte in 2022 and could take five to 10 years to be fully implemented.
FAA Administrator Steve Dixon said, “The new capability as part of the flight merger system has a dual benefit: it reduces aircraft emissions and ensures air travelers experience a more on-time departure.”
Capability, which will be part of the FAA’s Terminal Flight Data Manager program. The FAA said that during testing at Charlotte Airport the program reduced taxi times which helped save more than 275,000 gallons of fuel and reduced delays of 916 hours by “15 minutes on the taxiway for more than 3,600 departing flights.” equal to the waiting time.
by David Shepardson
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times