Project 39 - CDA MITRE MFAST Tool IE Review

Continuous Descent Arrival, also called Continuous Decent Approach (CDA), is a procedure where aircraft descend directly from a relatively high altitude without the traditional leveling off in a series of steps. Currently, CDA is implemented in conjunction with Area Navigation Standard Arrival Route (RNAV STAR) development and requires analysis and guidance for the development of the approach's vertical profile. The FAA RNAV office has requested an additional module to its Terminal Area Route Generation Evaluation and Traffic Simulation program, a requirement for RNAV procedure development. This additional module would be a procedure design tool for incorporating vertical profiles which include CDA criteria for altitude and speeds. The MITRE Corp. has proposed the development of an flight management simulation tool (MFAST) module to support the FAA RNAV office request. The FAA AEE would like to ensure that the module produces the desired criteria for the RNAV STAR vertical profiles. Project 39 will evaluate MFAST by using output from its Tool for Analysis of Separation and Throughput.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $50000.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Hileman, James

    Maurice, Lourdes

  • Performing Organizations:

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    School of Building Construction
    280 Ferst Drive
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30332
  • Principal Investigators:

    Waitz, Ian

  • Start Date: 20120510
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30589

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572635
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2015 1:00AM