Advancing Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) at Airports

Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) is the process of data sharing whereby airports, airlines, other stakeholders, and the air navigation service provider (e.g., Federal Aviation Administration [FAA]) share information to make operational decisions. Although airlines and the FAA have considerable experience in the use of CDM dating back to the 1990s, airports in the United States (U.S.) have not typically been direct participants. With the advent of surface management systems, high fidelity surveillance, and enhanced means of information exchange, airports have started to play a more direct role in CDM. However, there are challenges in defining the relevant data, methods for sharing, and common terminology and the FAA has established working groups to address these CDM challenges. Large airports have found surface CDM programs useful in managing aircraft movements. CDM can enhance gate management, ground service equipment (GSE) coordination, deicing operations, special events, and tarmac delays. Smaller airports can also benefit by participating in regional CDM programs that can augment their IROPS plans and improve their situational awareness. Despite these advancements, many airports are still not aware of what CDM is, the different ways it can enhance their regular and irregular operations, and how to pursue implementation. The objective of this research is to provide a guidebook for airports and their stakeholders to integrate CDM into their operations or operational plans. The guidebook should include at a minimum: (1) An overview of CDM, creating awareness and educating all commercial service airports and stakeholders, of what CDM is, the different ways that CDM can be used to enhance both regular and irregular airport operations, and identification of the different ways in which CDM can be used to improve operational efficiencies; (2) Identification of the relevant data and common terminology; (3) Identification of stakeholders and their roles within a CDM framework; (4) Benefits for all of the stakeholders; (5) Definition of the airport role in CDM within the NAS, at the regional and the local level; (6) Costs associated with implementation; (7) Limitations and challenges to implementation; (8) A process for CDM implementation that is scalable depending on the complexity of the operation; (9) Lessons learned from implementation from both U.S. and international examples; (10) U.S. regulatory constraints and potential future regulations/guidance; (11) Best practices; (12) Technology and interoperability considerations/requirements; and (13) Glossary.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-19

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Performing Organizations:

    Mosaic ATM, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Vail, Steve

  • Start Date: 20130903
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141203
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37811

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543870
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-19
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 22 2014 1:02AM