David Wing


David Wing is a principal researcher of air traffic management at NASA Langley Research Center. His NASA career spans over 30 years of research in air traffic management and propulsion aerodynamics. David’s research includes aircraft self-separation, cockpit technologies and procedures for flight path management, and technology roadmaps toward future operational autonomy. He is experienced in developing and analyzing advanced concepts for airspace operations; conducting human-in-the-loop simulations, flight tests, and operational trials; and transitioning NASA technology to industry for commercialization. David’s past and present leadership highlights include Autonomous Flight Rules, TASAR, Flight Path Management for Advanced Air Mobility, and the proposed new operating mode of Digital Flight.  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, David J. and Levitt, Ian M., “New Flight Rules to Enable the Era of Aerial Mobility in the National Airspace System,” NASA/TM-20205008308, Hampton, Virginia, November 2020.
  2. 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.
  3. Wing, D. “The TASAR Project: Launching Aviation on an Optimized Route Toward Aircraft Autonomy.” NASA Technical Paper submitted for publication, 2019.
  4. Wing, D., Burke, K., Ballard, K., Henderson, J., and Woodward, J. “Initial TASAR Operations Onboard Alaska Airlines.” AIAA-2019-3613, 2019.
  5. 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.
  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