Cleveland Picked For NGATS Test

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The future of airspace management might start in Cleveland. Sensis Corporation, in partnership with federal and local governments, is installing equipment at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland that will link three local airports to a system that will include, among other things, “4D trajectories and virtual air traffic control towers.” It’s all part of the Next Generation Air Traffic System (NGATS) research effort to try and find technological solutions to the capacity and congestion problems that are looming in the skies. Datalinks, “decision support systems” and a whole range of futuristic-sounding gear will be part of the system. Sensis said the three airports chosen represent a cross-section of U.S. airspace management requirements. Burke Lakefront is a towered, medium-sized facility popular with bizjets and air taxis. Cleveland Hopkins is a major hub and Lorain County is a single-runway, non-towered GA airport. They’ll all be linked together in the experiment to see how the technology copes with the various demands all these different operations put on it.