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New Air Traffic Management Tool
NASA developed a new software tool that will help air traffic controllers manage the skies. Called Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSAS), this software will ease air traffic controller workload by automating procedures and communications with flight crews. It will also allow pilots to use modern arrival procedures, to use flight deck automation to fly fuel-efficient, and to streamline glide paths toward the runway. These advances will help reduce emissions, air traffic congestion and fuel consumption. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will deploy the software in the National Airspace System (NAS) beginning with nine major airports between 2018 and 2022. The image reveals NASA Future Flight Central, a facility used to evaluate new technologies.