Leidos has announced that the first Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) system is now operational at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in Ohio.

The system was developed for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reduce runway departure queues and streamline operations in the airport’s air traffic control tower.

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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is the largest airport in the state of Ohio

The tower-based technology shares electronic data with controllers, air traffic managers, aircraft operators and airports to optimise arrivals and departures while managing additional airfield traffic.

Fran Hill, Senior Vice President Transportation Solutions at Leidos, said:

With an increase in air traffic nationwide, it's crucial for airports to leverage the most innovative systems and technology to keep airport traffic consistently flowing.

The benefits of TFDM are far-reaching. Not only will it improve the passenger experience by reducing delays, but it will also lower greenhouse gas emissions through reduced airplane taxi times.

A second deployment of this technology is planned for Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in 2024, followed by additional airports across the US.


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