TFDM optimizes the experience for flying public, Air Traffic Control (ATC), flight operators, and airport authorities. Over the life of the system:

  • Fuel Savings: 313 million gallons of fuel
  • Reduce over 3 million metric tons of carbon emissions

The overall benefits include:

  • Improved Predictability: TFDM improves departure schedule prediction and use of airport resources, maximizing airport efficiency and reducing taxi-time delays. In turn, this makes the flying public's travel experience more predictable and provides Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the flight operators with tools to better manage aircraft and to save fuel.
  • Collaborative Decisions: TFDM provides a departure scheduler and surface metering capability with live data provided by Air Traffic systems/controllers and Flight Service Providers, which will improve surface traffic flow management.
  • Environmental Friendliness: TFDM reduces taxi times, delays and missed connections, leading to reduced emissions and noise pollution.
  • Real-time Accuracy: Accurate data from surface surveillance updates capacity-and-demand predictions, which will be used to decrease time aircraft spend waiting while taxiing, improve the traffic flow, and help prevent missed connections.
  • System Modernization: TFDM provides electronic flight strips to controllers, allowing for faster and more informed tactical decisions regarding traffic volume changes, weather, and other evolving situations.
  • Consolidated Systems: TFDM replaces multiple systems in the National Airspace System through integration of their functionality into TFDM, achieving technology modernization, sharing of data, and lower maintenance costs.
  • Improved Safety: TFDM reduces operational safety risk by increasing controllers' heads-up time.

TFDM provides benefits for the flying public, Air Traffic Control, flight operators, and the airport authorities.

Flight Operators

  • Improved schedule predictability/crew utilization
  • Less taxi time/fuel burn
  • Increased reliability of connection
  • Aircraft may be held at gate or in the non-movement area instead of in a long departure line on the taxiway

Airport Operators

  • Reduced CO2 footprint
  • Reduce engine noise
  • Improved predictability
  • More balanced use of airport resources

Air Traffic Control

  • Automatically updated flight plans and electronic flight strips
  • Easier rescheduling
  • Fewer aircraft in the movement area and departure queue
  • Improved surface situational awareness at the TRACON, ARTCC, and Command Center
  • Improved safety - less heads down time

Flying Public

  • Improved predictability
  • Fewer delays
  • More reliable flight schedules
  • Improved passenger satisfaction
Last updated: Friday, October 7, 2022