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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lockheed Martin Primes TBFM Project

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to develop and implement the Time Based Flow Management (TBFM) program for the Federal Aviation. . Key teammates include Metron Aviation and Sensis.  The initial five-year contract includes options that, if exercised, could bring the total value to $202 million over 10 years.

Under the contract, the Lockheed Martin team will expand upon the existing FAA Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) tool. TMA has been proven to enhance aircraft arrival and departure sequence planning by using time-based metering.

The TBFM program will evolve the existing tool into a key component of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) because it will help optimize the flow of aircraft into capacity-constrained areas, decrease delays through better predictability of airspace use, and improve fuel efficiency.

“We look forward to providing an advanced tool that helps enhance existing capabilities to more accurately schedule arrivals and departures through all phases of flight, thus improving the flow of aircraft through the National Airspace System,” said Sandra Samuel, vice president of Lockheed Martin Transportation Solutions.

“This tool will expand the use of time-based metering, maximize the use of existing system capacity, and further implement next generation air transportation initiatives.”

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