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Project Title:

Review of the Enterprise Architecture, Software Development Approach, and Safety and Human Factor Design of the Next Generation Air Transportation System
PIN: DEPS-CSTB-12-04        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Board on Human-System Integration
Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board DEPS
Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board DEPS

RSO: Eisenberg, Jon

Subject/Focus Area: Computers and Information Technology; Space and Aeronautics; Transportation and Infrastructure

Project Scope
As stipulated in Sec. 212 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, PL 112-95, a National Research Council study would review the enterprise architecture, software development approach, and safety and human factor design aspects of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).  An ad hoc committee will conduct a study and prepare a report that will (1) highlight the technical activities, including human-system design and testing, organizational design, and other safety and human factor aspects of the system, that will be necessary to successfully transition current and planned modernization programs to the future system envisioned by the Joint Planning and Development Office of the Administration and obtain necessary certifications and operational approval; (2) assess technical, cost, and schedule risk for the software development that will be necessary to achieve the expected benefits from a highly automated air traffic management system and the implications for ongoing modernization projects; and (3) determine how risks with automation efforts for the NextGen can be mitigated based on the experiences of other public or private entities in developing complex, software-intensive systems, particularly for life-critical, real-time operational systems, and including past aviation system development programs. The committee will issue a brief interim report within 12 months providing an initial assessment focusing on software development challenges and a final report within 18 months providing a full assessment of the issues listed above.

The project is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Transportation.

The approximate start date for the project is February 27, 2013.

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 03/19/2013
 Meeting 2 - 05/08/2013
 Meeting 3 - 07/24/2013
 Meeting 4 - 08/06/2013
 Meeting 5 - 09/23/2013
 Meeting 6 - 01/28/2014
 Meeting 7 - 04/28/2014


Reports having no URL can be seen
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Interim Report of a Review of the Next Generation Air Transportation System Enterprise Architecture, Software, Safety, and Human Factors
A Review of the Next Generation Air Transportation System: Implications and Importance of System Architecture