The proposed innovation, CIDAS-P, is applicable to NASA research in the areas of Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) and Airspace Technology Demonstrations (ATD). It provides a tool for evaluating performance of airport, TRACON and enroute traffic under the management of new NASA research-products developed by these projects. CIDAS-P can also be used as a 'grading' system for ATD-2 operations, for evaluating and classifying operation types in real-time to inform switching between multiple ATD-2 scheduling strategies (e.g., conservative gate-holding, aggressive gate pushbacks). As applied to NASA's Data Science research group's work on identifying operational anomalies, CIDAS-P can be used to rank or measure safety of operations during the identified anomalies, thus providing a hitherto missing capability to automatically identify scenarios falsely tagged as anomalous by the research group's algorithms.
A direct application for the proposed technology, CIDAS-P, is as a decision support tool (DST) to be used at airports, airlines or FAA facilities for analyzing root causes for observed operational efficiencies or irregularities at the end of a day of operations. ATAC is well-placed to provide an operational POA capability to airports, airlines and FAA facilities by integrating CIDAS-P into one of its commercial tools that have been or are been used by some of these entities for other purposes. Another alternative is for ATAC to license the CIDAS-P software to these entities for direct integration within their own tools. The proposed technology can also be infused into DSTs to support the FAA's Plan Execute Review Train and Improve (PERTI) initiative, whose goal is to translate post-event reviews into operational improvements in a repeatable manner. FAA recently started PERTI to address current impediments to improvements in NAS performance. PERTI defines new operational roles and processes to enable integration of analytics into training, operational planning, post-event analysis and training. The current-day manual POA process is inadequate to fulfill PERTI's ambitious goal of translating post-event reviews into operational improvements in a repeatable manner, and it is recognized that new automated POA tools are required. CIDAS-P, integrated into ATAC's commercial platforms or directly into FAA systems, fulfills this need.