Evaluation of MFAST for TARGETS

Continuous Descent Arrival (CDA), also called Continuous Decent Approach, 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 Federal Aviaton Administration (FAA) RNAV office has requested an additional module to its Terminal Area Route Generation Evaluation and Traffic Simulation (TARGETS) 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. The goal of Project 39 was to evaluate MFAST by using output from its Tool for Analysis of Separation and Throughput.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

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

    Moran, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah

    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    210 Technology Circle
    Savannah, GA  United States  31407
  • Principal Investigators:

    Clarke, John-Paul

  • Start Date: 20100701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30292

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01570564
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 09-C-NE-GIT-007, 09-C-NE-GIT-023
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 23 2015 1:01AM