David Wing


David Wing is a principal researcher of air traffic management in the Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch of NASA Langley Research Center. His NASA career spans 30 years of research in air traffic management and propulsion aerodynamics. David’s interests include airspace-user operational autonomy, cockpit technologies and procedures for airborne trajectory management, and technology roadmaps that lead to dynamic trajectory management from the flight deck. His areas of expertise include analyzing advanced operational concepts for airspace operations; developing and testing airborne automation tools in human-in-the-loop simulation experiments, flight tests, and operational trials; and transitioning NASA technology to industry for commercialization. David’s research portfolio spans current-day operational advancements to revolutionary future operations for both traditional airspace users and emerging Advanced Air Mobility operators. He received his Master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the George Washington University, and he holds a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating.

Selected Publications

1. Wing, D.J., Chancey, E.T., Politowicz, M.S., and Ballin, M.G., “Achieving Resilient In-Flight Performance for Advanced Air Mobility through Simplified Vehicle Operations,” AIAA-2020-2915, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Washington DC, 2020.

2. Wing, D. “The TASAR Project: Launching Aviation on an Optimized Route Toward Aircraft Autonomy.” NASA Technical Paper submitted for publication, 2019.

3. Wing, D., Burke, K., Ballard, K., Henderson, J., and Woodward, J. “Initial TASAR Operations Onboard Alaska Airlines.” AIAA-2019-3613, 2019.

4. Cotton, W., Hilb, R., Koczo, S., and Wing, D. “A Vision and Roadmap for Increasing User Autonomy in Flight Operations in the National Airspace.” AIAA-2016-4212, 2016.

5. Ballin, M. and Wing, D. “Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests (TASAR).” AIAA-2012-5623, 2012.

6. Wing, D. and Cotton, W. “Autonomous Flight Rules: A Concept for Self-Separation in U.S. Domestic Airspace.” NASA/TP–2011-217174, 2011.



2019 – R&D 100 Award – TASAR Traffic Aware Planner

2019 – LaRC Transformer of the Year (Partnership) – TASAR Team

2019 – NASA Honor Award – Group Achievement Award, NASA / Alaska Airlines / Industry TASAR Team

2018 – AIAA Associate Fellow

2016 – ARMD Associate Administrator Award for Strategic Partnerships

2016  – Space Act Award – NASA Software of the Year (TAP software)

2016 – NASA Honor Award – Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal

2016 – NASA Honor Award – Group Achievement Award, TASAR Flight Test Team

2014 – NASA Honor Award – Group Achievement Award, TASAR Group

2014 – NASA Honor Award – Group Achievement Award, Separation Assurance Team

2011 – NASA Honor Award – Group Achievement Award, NextGen Separation Assurance Simulation Team