Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$344
million contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to
develop and deploy the Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) system.
The contract period of
performance has a five-year base with seven one year options.
The TFDM will work by integrating digital flight
plans with surface surveillance data to create accurate, real-time
predictive tools for the terminal environment. The TFDM will share
data among controllers, aircraft operators and airports so they
can better stage arrivals and departures, and manage traffic flow
within terminal airspace for greater efficiency. Additionally, the
surface departure management will improve gate departure
efficiency for the airlines and will significantly reduce or
eliminate queues of airplanes waiting for departure on a runway.
“More than 23,000 flights take place every day, making it
crucial for airports to leverage the most innovative systems and technology to keep airport traffic consistently flowing,” said
Paul Engola, vice president of Transportation and Financial
Solutions for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global
Solutions (IS&GS). “The benefits of the Terminal Flight Data
Manager tools are far-reaching, not only improving the passenger
experience with fewer delays and missed connections, but also
lowering greenhouse gas emissions through reduced airplane taxi
Lockheed Martin IS&GS currently provides air
traffic controller automation to the Air Route Traffic Control
Centers for high altitude and oceanic air traffic control.
Lockheed Martin IS&GS also provides the automation for Time Based
Flow Management, a key decision support tool. This contract will
expand its relationship with the FAA into a new area of service,
providing surface departure management to the largest and busiest
airports in need of process improvement on the ground and in the
Lockheed Martin will work with principal
subcontractor Saab Sensis to
develop the system.
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