NASMOD Studies

NASMOD study for MCAS Iwakuni

Powerful Tool for Military Aviation Modeling

Over the course of the past five years, ATAC has used NASMOD to conduct over 35 projects in support of NEPA assessments and operational alternatives decision-making.  Examples include:

  • 2015-2016: South Texas Navy Air Training:  Combined NAS Kingsville-NAS Corpus Christi model updates examined alternative operations including airfield re-configurations and outlying airfield alternatives. Airspace modeling and analysis used historical flight track data to examine impacts of civil aviation operations on Navy air training in MOAs
  • 2015-2016: NAS Whiting Field/NAS Pensacola: Combined regional model updates examined alternative operations including airfield re-configurations. Airspace modeling and analysis used historical flight track data to examine impacts of civil aviation operations on Navy air training in MOAs
  • 2015: NAS Meridian: Model updates examined alternative operations including natural disaster contingencies. Airspace modeling and analysis used historical flight track data to examine impacts of civil aviation operations on Navy air training in MOAs
  • 2014-2015: EA-18G FCLP operations at NAS Whidbey Island and NOLF Coupeville. Operational alternatives tied to environmental studies assessed impacts of various assumptions and conditions at the main Growler operating base and its primary training airfield for Field Carrier Landing Practice.
  • 2013-2014: F-35 introduction to MAS Ørland for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Operating and infrastructure alternatives evaluation and environmental assessment data input. Studies evaluated effectiveness of several runway, taxiway and airfield configurations.
  • 2012: USN P-8 introduction to NAS Jacksonville, Fl. And NAS Whidbey Island, WA. Currently in progress, these studies analyze the impacts of P-8 operations at Full Operational Capability levels at the proposed main operating bases. The studies support the SEIS and other environmental and operational evaluations in order to ensure the P-8 has adequate infrastructure resources to conduct effective mission training.
  • 2011-2016: USAF AETC F-35A Training Site Alternatives. This study modeled and analyzed four basing alternatives for F-35A pilot training and additional siting considerations including UAS operations. Complete operations analysis including airfield and airspace infrastructure at Luke AFB, Holloman AFB, Tucson ANGB, and Boise ANGB was studied and compared the suitability of each site for successful training operations and uncover any impediments to operations including general infrastructure; interaction with other military and civilian air and ground operations; and airfield, range and airspace capacity. Additional Luke AFB operating alternatives verified for most recent studies.
  • 2011: Impacts of Windmill Farm Construction on Navy Pilot Training at NAS Kingsville, TX. This study quantitatively assessed the impact of proposed windmill farm construction on Navy primary jet training. Encroachment of various types on domestic military training sites has a serious effect on the ability of the military services to successfully complete training. NASMOD has the unique capability to model operations based on the training requirements of air, surface and sub-surface military operations. The impacts of potential encroachment may be quantitatively and defensibly determined using the DOD-proven NASMOD modeling tool. In this case, windmill farms did cause radar and other navigation aid interference near the airfield, forcing the Navy to conduct portions of the required training at other sites. NASMOD analysis was used to accurately forecast costs associated with relocated training.
  • 2009 - 2012:  USN JSF Introduction.  Currently in progress, these projects will create baseline and alternatives modeling for the Navy’s introduction of the F-35C to NAS Oceana, NAS Lemoore, and possible alternative sites.  These studies will directly support operational alternatives and environmental impacts assessments of the selected operating bases.  
  • 2009:  US Army Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Center of Excellence (COE) modeling of current and future airfield and Special Use Airspace (SUA) air and ground-related operations.  Focus of this study is to determine airspace capacity in order to plan for future training levels.
  • 2009:  South Texas Regional Training Modeling.  Baseline and alternatives models were created for NAS Corpus Christi, NAS Kingsville, and several regional training OLFs in support of CNATRA’s introduction of T-6 pilot training to the region.  This study also analyzed airfield, OLF, and airspace capacity to meet several training and infrastructure alternatives.
  • 2008-9:  MCAS Beaufort F-35B Introduction Modeling.  Created baseline and alternatives modeling and conducted simulations for the analysis of airfield and airspace capacity at MCAS Beaufort.  These analyses identified airfield infrastructure deficiencies and recommended actions for mitigation of forecast training deficiencies.  Simulation results directly supported noise and other environmental analyses.  
  • 2008-9:  Pensacola Regional Training Modeling.  Baseline and alternatives models were created for NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field and several regional outlying training fields (OLF) in support of the Chief of Naval Air Training’s (CNATRA) introduction of the T-6 to joint regional aircrew training.  This study analyzed airfield, OLF, and airspace capacity to meet several training and infrastructure alternatives.  
  • 2008-9:  Marine Corps Base Hawaii Modeling.  Created baseline and alternatives modeling for the introduction of the MV-22 and P-8 to the Hawaiian training region.  Analyzed airspace and training range capacity and directly supported environmental impacts analyses.  
  • 2008-9:  USMC West Coast JSF Introduction.  Created baseline and alternatives modeling and conducted simulations for the analysis of airfield and airspace capacity at MCAS Yuma and MCAS Miramar.  These analyses identified airspace infrastructure deficiencies and recommended actions for mitigation of forecast training deficiencies. Simulation results directly supported noise and other environmental analyses.
  • 2007:  Follow-on modeling of Eglin AFB JSF operating alternatives.  As a result of the first round of modeling, modifications to operating assumptions were conducted and evaluated resulting in major changes to planned operating levels.  
  • 2006-2010:  Modeled MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and regional training airspace baseline operations and twelve alternative operating scenarios in support of Carrier Air Wing FIVE relocation from Atsugi AB and addition of USMC and civil aviation tenants to the airfield. Modeling analysis revealed deficiencies in training airspace and recommended alleviating actions. Follow on analyses verified successful re-design of training airspace and included F-35 operations.

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