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Improving Air Traffic Management Together...

Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) is a joint government/industry initiative aimed at improving air traffic flow management through increased information exchange among aviation community stakeholders. CDM is comprised of representatives from government, general aviation, airlines, private industry and academia who work together to create technological and procedural solutions to the Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) challenges faced by the National Airspace System (NAS).

CDM is an operating paradigm where ATFM decisions are based on a shared, common view of the NAS and an awareness of the consequences these decisions may have on the system and its stakeholders. There are two central tenants to CDM; that better information will lead to better decision-making, and tools and procedures need to be in place to enable air navigation service providers and the flight operators to more easily respond to changing conditions. By sharing information, values and preferences, stakeholders learn from each other and build a common pool of knowledge, resulting in ATM decisions and actions that are most valuable to the system.

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