eFAST Awards

Target Generation Facility (TGF)

ATEC is the prime contractor supporting the FAA's Target Generation Facility (TGF) at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center. The TGF is a Dynamic Real-Time Air Traffic Simulation capability designed to generate realistic Aircraft trajectories and associated digital radar messages for aircraft in a simulated airspace environment. Up to 600 targets can be generated in one or more concurrent simulation environments. Multiple Terminal, En-Route, and Oceanic airspaces may be simulated individually or simultaneously. The TGF capability is fully integrated. Simultaneous simulations in different environments and in different laboratories at the William J. Hughes Technical Center can be supported and can run concurrently. Primarily, TGF is used to generate real time, interactive traffic in support of human in the loop simulations (HITL). Realistic traffic flows and voice communications are created in real time by pilots operating the simulated TGF 'aircraft' in response to air traffic control instructions. TGF simulations may be executed in Real-Time, Fast- Time or a combination of both. All major Air Traffic laboratories of the WJHTC are supported including the En-Route DSR/ERAM Laboratories, the Stars Terminal Laboratories, En-Route Integration and Interoperability Facility (IIF), NextGen Integration & Evaluation Capability (NIEC), Time Based Flow Management (TBFM), Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS), Airway Facilities Tower Integration Laboratory (AFTIL), Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) labs and the Research Development and Human Factors Laboratory (RDHFL). The Simulation facility can be adapted to mimic existing facilities as ZDC, ZOB, ZID, DCA PHL, NY TRACON etc., generic facilities such as GENERA and future concepts such as DRVSM (now implemented), NY Redesign, East Coast. TGF also has its own display capability including high fidelity emulation of DSR displays for scenario shakedown, or independent studies on a smaller scale basis.

Cockpit Simulation Facility (CSF)

ATEC is the prime contractor supporting the Cockpit Simulation Facility (CSF) at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center. The Flight Deck Simulation Sub Group develops and tests new technologies, which enhance ATC Ground and Airborne flight information transfer and management. This work includes the development and validation of domestic and international standards to ensure proper and expeditious deployment of these new technologies. The work efforts of this group focus on communication protocols, standards, interoperability of systems, and human factors issues pertaining to the flight deck.The flight simulators are linked via a network (TCP/IP) to the Target Generation Facility (TGF). For simulations conducted independently of the ATC Simulation Laboratory it is still possible to emulate ATC communications. ATC audio from a geographically appropriate FAA ARTCC is digitally copied into a PC from the Center's backup voice tape. The audio is edited to create control audio for the players and is mixed with background audio to create a highly realistic flight audio experience.A high-speed network has been installed from the TechnicalCenter to various points in the USA and Europe to provide connections to remote flight simulators. A total of 24 connections are possible with enough channel capacity on each channel to remotely connect a flight simulator with position, voice, and data link data to the TGF and thus to any of the Technical Center's ATC laboratories. The ATC Laboratory can filter all traffic and transmit positional data on proximate aircraft back to the flight simulator for Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) display.

Integration & Interoperability Facility (IIF)

ATEC is a subcontractor to DIGITALiBiz inc. supporting the Integration & Interoperability Facility (IIF) at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center. The IIF provides laboratory and engineering services supporting En Route and Oceanic infrastructure modernization and integration of new systems or capabilities into the National Airspace System (NAS). ATEC's support to the IIF includes development of new En Route innovations, Simulation/Scenario Development, proof-of-concept prototypes, hardware installation, network engineering, early engineering assessments for new systems, operational evaluations, risk reduction demonstrations, training, and operational procedure development for both Air Traffic and Airway Facilities personnel.

Aeronautical & Weather Services Verification (AWSV) Branch

ATEC is the prime contractor supporting the Aeronautical & Weather Services Verification (AWSV) Branch.   AWSV provides Technical and T&E expertise for Flight Service Automation, Aeronautical Information and Weather Systems and services for NAS Domain Areas (Enroute,Oceanic and Terminal).  Below is a short summary of each system supported by the ATEC staff in support of AWSV.

Operational and Supportability Implementation Systems OASIS II identifies the services required to provide an integrated computer-based system for the flight service facilities in Alaska that will enable flight service specialists to provide weather briefing and flight planning assistance to general aviation pilots.  OASIS II is a leased system. The system will be acquired as a managed service in which the contractor owns the hardware and software and is responsible for 2nd level engineering, configuration management, depot maintenance, and 24/7 Help Desk support to FAA operators and maintainers. FAA Air Traffic personnel will operate OASIS II and FAA Technical Operations personnel will perform first-level maintenance. The FAA also tests, approves, and provides authorization for implementation of all OASIS II changes.

Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUATS) Weather information and flight plan processing service provided by the FAA to civilian and other aviation pilots.

Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Weather Processor (NWP) – NWP program will develop and implement both the NWP and an Aviation Weather Display (AWD) capability. NWP functionality includes transforming meteorological weather data into aviation-specific weather products. NWP enhanced capabilities produce greater situational awareness relative to the location, movement, and severity of weather. Improved weather information, provided by NWP, will allow air traffic controllers to manage air traffic more efficiently during periods of adverse weather. NWP-generated products will be provided by AWD through dedicated displays and Web technology for users. AWD will provide decision makers in the National Airspace System (NAS) the capability to display consistent presentation of weather information to ensure efficient and safe air traffic operations. 

Aeronautical Information Management Modernization (AIMM) Segment II  (AIMM S2) modernizes the ingestion, integration, management, maintenance, and distribution of Aeronautical Information (AI) by establishing the Aeronautical Common Services (ACS) and a one-stop-shop (OSS) portal. AIMM Segment 2 will become the single trusted access point of AI, for internal and external NAS consumers. It will move FAA from a simple product-centric environment to true AI management. The AIMM S2 AI includes NOTAMS, Special Activity Airspace (SAA) definitions, SAA schedules, airport data, and other NAS infrastructure data. AIMM Segment 2 will create a platform for future AIMM segments delivering greater access, integrity, and extensibility of AI systems to users across the NAS.