TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM)
Aaron Rose is the Article 114 Representative for TFDM.
Background: TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT users, as well as enhanced surface traffic flow management capabilities. TFDM will replace ATCT paper flight strips with electronic flight strips, provide automation for electronic flight and airport data management, and interface with other NAS systems to share electronic flight data. In addition, TFDM will provide a suite of capabilities designed to improve traffic flow management including new surface scheduling capabilities, runway load balancing, and will provide surface traffic visualization tools, and traffic flow metrics. TFDM is also tasked with replacing prototype systems; Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD-2) and Advanced Electronic Flight Strips (AEFS). Departure Spacing Program (DSP), Airport Resource Management Tool (ARMT), and Electronic Flight Strip Transfer System (EFSTS) are being replaced by Terminal Flight Data Manager as well.
Louis Caggiano Newark (EWR), Bob Kerr Clevland (CLE), and Nate Miller Midway (MDW) have been working closely with FAA communications on the TFDM storyboard. This storyboard will be used on the FAA website to explain how TFDM works, and which facilities and stakeholders would be affected by its deployment. Louis and Nate have begun writing a script to go along with the slides. We should have something complete by the end of March 2021.
Due to delays in entering facilities, whether it be vendor or FAA, in-person meetings have been postponed indefinitely. Columbus (CMH) pre-site survey, Las Vegas (LAS) pre-site, and two in-person reviews (IPR) for training materials will be moved. NATCA TFDM is working closely with the PMO and AJT on a timeline to safely conduct these events.
TFDM is tasked with replacing DSP in the Northeast Corridor (NEC). TFDM has assigned data block elements to the EFS. We are awaiting Terminal Flow Management System (TFMS) to test and release software build R16. TFMS is replacing the software at New York Tracon (N90) and New York Center (ZNY). This software build is delayed and a final date for test and deployment is unknown putting TFDM subsumption of DSP at risk and delays to the waterfall.
On the training front it has been decided to continue work on the Advanced TMC course past 60% but no further than 90%. NATCA TFDM is committed to do a full review utilizing the actual equipment which we are unable to do at this time. The 60% review will be handled virtually to continue the training program forward during these uncertain times.
Work continues on software enhancements for SMN. Discrepancy Report (DR) testing and verification continues with more than 20 verified fixes and a couple of failures which the vendor is looking into. No major decisions have been made program wise this reporting period.
Mr. Rose has been working with the PMO and new AT Ops lead for the agency to ensure NATCA has a say in all aspects of TFDM. TFDM has implemented a National workgroup with all full-time members from NATCA included. We have now concluded two meetings and are working to deconflict all telcons. This should be done by Jan 2021. Moving forward, Louis Caggiano will lead test and software. Nate Miller will handle safety, security, and deployment. Bob Kerr is assigned adaptation, Mike Hoprich will ensure Surface Metering (SMN) software is correct and testing of SMN. Ross Costa is the training lead. In addition, NATCA has appointed another fulltime rep, Ky Badgley, from Las Vegas Tower (LAS) is a TMC who will help with adaptation, deployment, and training. These six reps will ensure TFDM will be acceptable for operational use and help during the deployment phase of the program.