NASA app lets drivers find more economical and faster route




NASA is testing an application which pilots must fly along better and faster routes through the position and escape to read from the plane on a tablet. There are no major changes needed in the aircraft to use the system called TAP.

The Traffic Aware Planner connects directly to the information system of the aircraft, said project leader David Wing at the site of NASA. Through the information the app can direct the altitude, speed and flight path information retrieval. The app development is part of a NASA project called Traffic Aware strategic aircrew requests, short tasar. TAP can also connect to the ADS-B system, the system used for direct communication with other aircraft in the vicinity.

Aircraft that have an Internet connection in the cockpit, via TAP can also be real-time weather information or retrieve information about the airspace. The latter may sound strange, but until now it was not possible to provide detailed wind and traffic data in real time through to pilots, gives Vice President Tom Kemp from Alaska Airlines to. He even thinks it a ‘super app’, because the app gives drivers a better view of what is happening in real time, instead of when the flight made hours earlier.

The researchers who make the software, indicate that even four minutes less flight time on each leg of a flight can save huge amounts of fuel. The software has already been tested on board a Piaggio P180 Avanti aircraft and will be further tested in the next three years in partnership with Virgin America and Alaska Airlines.


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