October 18, 2000
QuestChat with Jim McClenahen
Air Traffic Control Analyst
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Wed Oct 18 09:39:04 2000
[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 7 - 15:28:36
Welcome to the Chat with Jim McClenahen!
[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 10 - 08:58:24
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[ JimMcClenahen/AMES - 12 - 09:01:46
Good morining Chatters and Susan!
[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 13 - 09:02:27
Jim I was wondering about your trip to LAX, what kinds of observations
were you making?
[ JimMcClenahen/AMES - 14 - 09:05:23
Thats a good question, I was plugged in along side a controller working
a position and listen to the operation (pilots and the controller talking
to one another).
[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 15 - 09:06:32
What were you looking for?
[ JimMcClenahen/AMES - 16 - 09:07:09
While plugged in with the controller, I witnessed how the different flights
were handled, how they moved on the airport proceeding to and from their
[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 17 - 09:07:52
How will you use this information?
[ JimMcClenahen/AMES - 18 - 09:11:21
We will use the information to develop a visual database for FutureFlight
Central (a control tower simulator) that will be just like the current
operation at Los Angeles Int'l Airport.
[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 19 - 09:12:34
Why are you making a simulation?
[ JimMcClenahen/AMES - 20 - 09:14:43
We will use the simulation to produce data for a runway safety project
at LAX, providing answers to different safety related issues concerning
the movement of aircraft on the surface of the airport.
[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 21 - 09:17:11
How long have you been able to simulate a control tower?
[ JimMcClenahen/AMES - 22 - 09:20:12
FFC was commissioned December 1999, we have completed two projects since
then, one for Boeing Aircraft and the other for San Francisco Int'l Airport.
[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 23 - 09:23:52
What have you learned from these simulations?
[ JimMcClenahen/AMES - 24 - 09:24:16
Presently, we are involved in two projects, the first is providing training
for the new SFO Int'l Terminal "A" Ramp Tower personnel, the other is
the Runway Safety Project at LAX. We are activitly market the facility
with up coming trips to Boston and New York (next month).
[ JimMcClenahen/AMES - 25 - 09:27:14
We have be able to provide the customer answers to their questions, example,
we provided recorded data for Boeing Aircraft Co concerning the intergration
of pilotless aircraft (UCAV) operating on an airport with piloted aircraft.
For SFO, we provided answers concerning a tower line of site issue for
the new purposed runway relocation plan.
[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 26 - 09:30:25
Thanks Jim, This has been very informative. I'm sorry our chatters didn't
join in this morning. Hope you'll chat with us again.