December 02, 2013
Credit: NASA Langley Research Center
By mid-2014, pilots flying for at least one U.S. carrier could be able to save passengers time and their employer money with the push of a touchscreen and a verbal request to air traffic control during the cruise portion of a flight.
The capabilities are part of the NASA Langley Research Center's Traffic Aware Planner (TAP), an application that runs on electronic flight bags (EFB) in the cockpit. NASA flight-tested the system for the first time on an Advanced Aerospace Solutions Piaggio P.180 avionics testbed for two weeks in November, generating input from a consultant pilot and eight airline pilots who evaluated the application.