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NextGen Portfolio - Collaborative Air Traffic Management

Collaborative Air Traffic Management (CATM) coordinates flight and flow decision-making by flight planners and FAA traffic managers to improve overall efficiency of the National Airspace System, provide greater flexibility to flight planners, and make the best use of available airspace and airport capacity. The overall philosophy driving the delivery of CATM services is to accommodate user preferences to the maximum extent possible. Traffic managers impose Traffic Management Initiatives (TMI) to account for congestion, weather, special activity airspace, or other constraints. Traffic managers can reduce the impact of TMIs on users’ flight plans by tailoring flow management actions to specific flights.

CATM services are targeted to deliver a combination of increased information on the users’ preferred alternative routes, enhanced tools for assessing the impact of rerouting decisions, and improved communications and display of instructions to air traffic controllers in order to accommodate user preferences to the maximum extent possible.

Benefits

  • Capacity

    Takes advantage of the inherent capacity to meet airspace user demands at peak times and locations while minimizing restrictions on traffic flow. To respond to future growth, capacity must increase, along with corresponding increases in efficiency, flexibility, and predictability, while ensuring that there are no adverse impacts on safety and giving due consideration to the environment. The air traffic management system must be resilient to service disruption and the resulting temporary loss of capacity.

  • Efficiency

    Addresses the operational and economic cost-effectiveness of gate-to-gate flight operations from a single-flight perspective. In all phases of flight, airspace users want to depart and arrive at the times they select, and fly the trajectories they determine to be optimum.

  • Flexibility

    Ensures the ability of all airspace users to dynamically modify flight trajectories and adjust departure and arrival times, thereby permitting them to take advantage of operational opportunities as they occur.

  • Predictability

    The ability of airspace users and air traffic management service providers to deliver consistent and dependable levels of performance. Predictability is essential to users as they develop and operate their schedules.

Implemented Capabilities and Locations

Facility Code Definitions

NextGen Implementation Plan (PDF)

  • Adaptive Compression (AC)
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of May 23, 2018

  • Airborne Rerouting
    • 6 ARTCCs (ZDV, ZJX, ZMA, ZAB, ZDC, ZLC)

    Information as of December 31, 2017

  • Airspace Flow Program (AFP)
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of May 23, 2018

  • Collaborative Airspace Constraint Resolution (CACR)
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Collaborative Information Exchange
    • All TFMS sites

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP)
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS)
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of May 23, 2018

  • Delivery of Pre-Departure Reroutes to Controllers
    • 6 ARTCCs (ZDV, ZJX, ZMA, ZAB, ZDC, ZLC)

    Information as of December 31, 2017

  • Enhanced Congestion Prediction / ReRoute Impact Assessment
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Execution of Flow Strategies
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Route Availability Planning Tool (RAPT)
    • 4 TRACONs (C90, N90, PCT, PHL)

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Traffic Flow Management (TFM) Remote Site Re-engineering (TRS-R) Phase 1
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Traffic Flow Management (TFM) Remote Site Re-engineering (TRS-R) Phase 2
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Unified Delay Program
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of May 23, 2018

  • User Input to Improve Departure Predictions
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of November 30, 2017

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