If ever a carrier needed a tool to help it better manage aircraft in the terminal environment, it is FedEx Express. Beginning at 2:48 a.m. Monday-Friday, it dispatches 8-12 aircraft every 6 min. from Memphis International Airport. By 4:12 a.m., provided there are no weather or mechanical delays, it will have launched around 150 aircraft to 136 domestic and international destinations. The NASA-developed Surface Management System, since renamed the Surface Traffic Management System by ...

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