ATD-2 Machine Learning Model Validation Framework Design

To realize the full power of machine learning, organizations need to focus on operations and delivery of the predictions as much as the development of the algorithm itself. In the case of NASA and ATD-2, not being able to trust the projections generated could be a life-or-death situation. Air traffic controllers must trust the recommendations presented by them, and validation is essential towards building trust.

Taxi Time Predictions

The taxi-out time predictions help pilots decide when to “single-engine taxi”: taxi most of the way to the runway with only a single-engine turned on, turning on the second engine just a few minutes before take-off. The single-engine taxi decision is typically made by pilots within an hour of push back. Still, our customer asked for predictions up to four hours in advance of the expected push back time.