Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM)

Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) is the surface management solution for NextGen. With growing congestion on the airport surface due to the increase in commercial air traffic nationwide, the need for efficient aircraft traffic planning on the airport ground is critical.

  • Modernizing the air traffic control tower equipment by improving the exchange of electronic flight data and implementing electronic flight strips in the tower.
  • Streamlining the flow of departures on the surface to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Optimizing the experience for the flying public, Air Traffic Control, and the airline industry by improving the collaboration and decision-making capabilities between the gate and the tower.


The TFDM Program Office awarded the contract to develop and implement TFDM to prime vendor Leidos and main subcontractor Saab Sensis in 2016.

TFDM is part of the Program Management Organization (PMO). Within the PMO, the Air Traffic Systems (ATS) Directorate is responsible for systems that support air traffic operations today, as well as for developing new surveillance and automation tools that are the basis for NextGen. TFDM is one of the seven NextGen Transformational Programs and one of three Traffic Management Programs in the ATS's Decision Support Systems.

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Last updated: Friday, May 17, 2024