Many core National Airspace System (NAS) systems have been modernized which shifts the focus of continued evolution from development to integration. Organizations that develop, operate, and maintain complex systems often focus activities on discrete, manageable changes. This division of work creates the reciprocal need for connecting the pieces. Cavan’s focus is to connect the dots – bridging the gaps between programs and organizations to integrate, optimize, and realize benefits of new capabilities for the FAA and their stakeholders.
Cavan has a wide range of engineering, operational, and business management experience with the NAS, NAS automation, and NextGen initiatives. We have been involved in NASA air traffic management research; technology transfer and deployment for the FAA; training; system adaptation development and maintenance; procedure development; and sustainment. This breadth of applied knowledge provides a broad view and deep understanding to effectively support the introduction of new capabilities to the NAS. The following are some of the System Integration activities that Cavan staff have led or participated in:
- Managed activities that led to development and operational fielding of software and system improvements for Automated Terminal
- Proximity Alert (ATPA), Advanced Electronic Flight Strips (AEFS), Wake Turbulence Recategorization (RECAT), and Wake
- Turbulence Mitigation for Departures/Arrivals (WTMD/WTMA)
- Managed activities and provide operational experience to STARS/TAMR decision support tool enhancements
- Operational expert for NASA development and technology transfer of Center TRACON Automation System (CTAS) decision support tools – predecessor to Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) and Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSAS)
- Developed and successfully executed engineering methodology for CTAS system adaptation development, validation, and maintenance for technology transfer from NASA to the FAA
- Systems Engineering lead for En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) adaptation operational concept, requirements development, design, transition, and initial deployments
- Delivered Traffic Flow Management System Work Package definitions and analyses
- Executed Human-In-the Loop simulations with integrated teams of Air Traffic Control (ATC) Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Human
- Factors experts, and System Engineers for ATPA and AEFS
- FAA Liaison to NASA on future systems and field deployment
- Program Manager for the FAA Air Traffic Organization’s (ATO’s) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Office – Developed overarching UAS strategies in conjunction with the UAS Integration Office
Our longstanding support of the FAA and NASA provides us with a knowledge continuum that melds historical experience with NextGen transformation. Our domain experience is complemented by practical experience applying rigorous methods and data analyses to solve problems.
We are hands-on trusted advisors to aviation stakeholders.