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Aerosim Announces Contract with MITRE to Assist in NextGen Research
Burnsville, Minnesota – August 23, 2012 – Aerosim, a global aviation training company, today announced that The MITRE Corporation has signed a contract for the design and delivery of four Boeing B757/767 Flight Management System Trainer (FMST) station licenses to include future FMS Full Phase Required Time of Arrival (RTA) functionality. The product upgrade will be used for FMS variations research related to Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and Four Dimensional Trajectory Based Operations (4D TBO). The B757/767 FMST has been customized to integrate with MITRE’s simulation tools used for their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-sponsored research conducted in the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD). The FAA’s modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS), known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), is intended to transform operations to meet future demand for services, meet increasing national security needs, and reduce impact on the environment, all while enabling efficiencies for users and service providers.
“We are very excited to further support and supply MITRE CAASD with innovative products and understand the importance of being part of the solution,” said Joseph Hartmann, Commercial Director of Emerging Training Technologies & Solutions for Aerosim. “Both manned and unmanned flight operations need to operate safely within the NextGen NAS, and we are committed to the success of this research program.”
Aerosim Flight Management System Trainers (FMST) for Boeing, Embraer, and Airbus have been used in FAA research and development projects for PBN and 4D TBO with MITRE dating back to 2006. From the Aerosim-developed products, MITRE has further developed interfaces to the Terminal Area Route Generation, Evaluation, and Traffic Simulation (TARGETS) procedure design tool to allow injection of the FMSTs into an Air Traffic Control environment for operational evaluation. The end result is used for PBN procedure development, pilot-in-the-loop workload assessments, and 4D TBO RTA research and standards development. This capability has been exercised in both CAASD’s Aviation Integration Demonstration and Experimentation for Aeronautics (IDEA) Laboratory and the FAA’s NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability (NIEC) located at the William J. Hughes Technical Center. The delivery of the upgrade to the Flight Management System Trainers to MITRE is scheduled for September 2012.
“These capabilities support operational analyses needed for PBN and 4D TBO research,” said MITRE’s Dr. Tom Becher, Program Manager for PBN Airspace, Procedures, and Criteria for CAASD. “Generating the science and engineering to inform the FAA and other aviation stakeholders is important to achieving NextGen goals.”
About The MITRE Corporation
The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. It operates federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) for the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, with principal locations in Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va. To learn more, visit www.mitre.org.
The Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) is the FAA’s FFRDC. CAASD’s mission is to advance the safety, security, effectiveness, and efficiency of aviation in the United States and around the world. CAASD has more than 50 years of experience in Air Traffic Management (ATM) modernization and focuses on anticipating the FAA’s needs and developing timely solutions that guide transformation to the future global aviation enterprise. To learn more, visit www.mitrecaasd.org.
Aerosim delivers leading edge training services and technologies that provide value through customized training solutions. The company is dedicated to innovation that is supported by a strong foundation of simulation-based training products in use with commercial air carriers, government agencies and training organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Burnsville, MN, Aerosim has three major focus areas that include: Primary Pilot Training through Certified Flight Instructor at Aerosim Flight Academy, type rating services for initial and recurrent training through Aerosim Training Solutions and simulation-based technologies provided by Aerosim Technologies, which supports pilot training curriculums. For more information, please visit www.aerosim.com.
Joseph P. Hartmann, Commercial Director of Emerging Technologies & Solutions, Aerosim Technologies (612) 309-9689, firstname.lastname@example.org