Air Traffic Management

Helping ensure a safe, secure, and efficient global airspace through wide-ranging technical and analytical services in critical areas of operations and management.

CNA Corporation's Air Traffic Management (ATM) division provides the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other aviation system clients with wide-ranging technical and analytical support in helping to ensure a safe, secure, and efficient global airspace system that contributes to national security and U.S. economic development. ATM also supports the civil aviation security responsibilities of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

ATM’s team of analysts includes engineers, scientists, mathematicians, economists, and information systems professionals. These experts work directly with clients to solve complex technical, operational, and policy problems, and consult with the broader aviation community to obtain requisite technical and operational input.

CNA Corporation has a wealth of experience in conducting in-depth research, providing rapid turn-around analyses, and developing new and innovative analytical methodologies. ATM’s areas of expertise include:

Operations Analysis and Performance Assessment: serving as a vital member of the FAA's Performance Analysis Team in matters relating to the National Airspace System and in analyzing the performance of FAA programs and initiatives on the local, regional, and national levels.

Traffic Flow Analysis: analyzing the flow of air traffic to and from multiple airports to determine the impact on airport and airspace capacity, delays, and potential interference.

Airspace Analysis and Design: developing, maintaining, and operating a comprehensive set of geographical analysis and modeling tools to support the FAA in calculating the overall complexity and capacity of both high altitude and terminal airspace.

Upper Airspace Management: working to improve the capacity, efficiency, and safety of upper airspace operations throughout the world and across multiple Flight Information Regions.

Impact of Weather on Traffic Management Decisions: using operations analysis and event reconstruction to uncover trends in traffic management decisions with respect to weather forecasts.

Systems Management, Analysis, Architecture, and Requirements: managing the development of several software tools for the FAA, including SDAT – the Sector Design and Analysis Tool

Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization: applying a variety of industry-accepted air traffic control models and developing custom simulation and optimization applications.

Investment and Cost Benefit Analysis: conducting cost-benefit analyses for the FAA on ATC systems, procedures, and regulations and supporting the Traffic Management Advisor tool in modeling airline and passenger cost savings.

Quality Management: performing business process analyses and systems reengineering to streamline and automate processes.

Database Design, Operation, and Maintenance: using a thorough understanding of how to establish requirements for database designs, improve data quality, and build databases that address the needs of the analytical community.

Aviation Safety Analyses: applying experience in performing aviation safety analyses.

Civil Aviation Security Analyses: supporting the Science & Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security.

Acquisition Support: helping support the acquisition activities of the FAA’s Aeronautical Information Management organization.