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Integrated Arrivals Departures Scheduling software coordinates schedules among the ramp, tower, terminal, and center control facilities, allowing air traffic controllers to better predict where and when to send aircraft in order to reduce congestion. (Credit: NASA)

As part of an effort aimed at making aviation more sustainable, NASA has transferred an air traffic management tool to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for nationwide implementation. The tool saves fuel, reduces carbon emissions, and increases information sharing between the FAA and industry.

The NASA project set out to improve the predictability and operational efficiency of the air traffic systems in areas with multiple airports. By minimizing taxi delay and ramp congestion, the tool demonstrated a reduction in fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions and supports the Administration’s goal to build a sustainable aviation system.