Aviation Systems Engineering

Metron Aviation has extensive experience in the system engineering of airspace systems, which are complex and truly qualify as systems of systems. A critical aspect of operating, initiating, improving, maintaining, and retiring systems for air traffic management is the analysis of operations and enhancements using modern systems engineering practices. Metron Aviation has been conducting systems engineering for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for decades.

Metron Aviation’s skills and experience include:

  • Mission needs analysis
  • Concept development and Concept of Operations (ConOps) development
  • Modeling, simulation, and analysis
  • Prototype development
  • Software development and testing for FAA and Air Force systems: En Route Automization Modernization (ERAM), Time Based Flow Management (TBFM), and the Air Force Flight Planning System

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Aviation Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis

Metron Aviation has advanced capabilities in modeling, simulating, and analyzing airspace and air traffic management performance. This enables our customers to gain critical insight into current and future system performance without disrupting existing systems and processes.

Metron Aviation’s capabilities include:

  • National Airspace System (NAS-wide) modeling to support new concepts and to assess NAS-wide performance
  • Fast-time simulation: Metron Aviation is a key developer of several of the FAA’s prominent fast-time simulation tools: System Wide Analysis capability (SWAC), SIMCORE, ACASAT
  • Miles-in-trail (MIT), vectoring, and holding models
  • Human-in-the-loop (HITL) medium-fidelity simulation, especially for cognitive walkthroughs of novel air traffic management concepts
  • Safety analysis and risk assessment of novel concepts
  • Trend analysis, post-operations analysis, and machine learning applications
  • System Wide Information Management (SWIM) data archiving and processing

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Aviation Concept Development

Metron Aviation has been an integral partner with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the development of operational concepts, automation, and decision support tools to improve the performance of air traffic management and to incorporate new users and technologies.

These concepts save operational costs for air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and flight operators, increase system efficiency, and increase flexibility and predictability, while promoting equitable allocation of limited resources. Our services include researching mission needs, conducting trade studies of alternatives, and prototyping. Key to this is the consideration of multiple stakeholder perspectives and impacts.

Metron Aviation’s concept development activities include:

  • Ground Delay Program Enhancements
  • Slot Credit Substitution
  • Airspace Flow Programs
  • Adaptive Compression
  • Collaborative Trajectory Options
  • Integrated Program Modeling
  • Departure Flow Management
  • Surface Collaborative Decision Making (Surface CDM) – now Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2)

Aviation Environmental Impact Analysis

Metron Aviation is an active developer and practitioner of analysis tools to assess the impact of operations on noise and the environment. These tools enable our customers to conduct their own environmental impact analyses or to modify and create tools with new analytic capabilities. Metron Aviation’s capabilities and tools cover the full range of analytic depth, from light-weight screening (which often alleviates the needs for more in-depth studies) to high-fidelity modeling of past or proposed flight paths.

Metron Aviation’s analytic tool sets include:

  • Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT)
  • Aviation Environmental Screening Tool (AEST)‏
  • Airspace Design Tool (ADT)‏‏
  • Noise Integrated Routing System (NIRS)‏
  • National Airspace System (NAS-wide) Environmental Impact Model (NASEIM)‏
  • Alternative Fuels Production Analysis Tool (AFPAT; in collaboration with MIT)
  • IFP Portal Environmental Screening Tool (cloud-based)

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Aviation Research and Development

Metron Aviation has conducted cutting-edge research and development (R&D) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and industry and academic partners for decades. Metron Aviation helps government customers identify gaps and shortfalls in existing systems and processes, conduct trade studies to determine technological alternatives, and prototype new concepts and technologies.

Metron Aviation’s R&D topics include:

  • New procedures and practices for Air Traffic Flow Management
  • Weather translation: Development of models and decision support tools for translating weather forecasts into impact on aviation operations
  • User-preferred rerouting alternatives around traffic management initiatives, such as Collaborative Trajectory Options Programs (CTOP), Collaborative Airborne Constraint Resolution (CACR), and Route Management Tool (RMT)
  • Oceanic operations: Novel concepts and shortfall/gap analysis
  • Dynamic airspace configuration: Methodology to organize airspace resources in the face of rapidly changing demand conditions
  • Equitable allocation of limited resources: The theory and practice of ensuring that equal access to NAS resources is maintained
  • Airport Gridlock prediction and surface event modeling
  • Machine Learning for safety precursors, and assessment or improvement of operations
  • UAS/UTM/UAM: Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the NAS; resource allocation and market mechanisms for UAS Traffic Management (UTM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

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Contract Vehicles

Current Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts:

FAA Program Support Services contract awarded; The multi-awarded Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract covers a seven year period for
technical and professional services for FAA Air Traffic Organization Program Management Organization

Subcontractor to Cavan Solutions  and Subcontractor to Oasis Systems

Systems Engineering – 2025 (SE-2025)

Subcontractor to ATAC Corporation

Sustainability Environmental Management and Research Support (SEMRS)

Subcontractor to Booz Allen Hamilton

Policy, Engineering, Analysis & Research Support (PEARS II)

Subcontractor to RoVolus, LLC

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