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Paper 170 -- NEW AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS ANALYSIS METHODOLOGY: APPLICATION TO A MULTI-SECTOR PLANNER IN US AIRSPACE

Several developments in the technologies supporting air traffic management (ATM) such as digital communication and improved positioning accuracy for aircraft, have enabled consideration of new organizational and functional operations. One such consideration is a modification of the standard air traffic control team to include a mutli-sector planner (MSP) position. This MSP is being investigated in several research and field studies both in Europe and in the U.S. The feasibility and effectiveness of two of these concept variations was investigated in the current study. The experiment consisted of a pair of one-week human—n-the-loop studies in which the two concepts (Multi-D, in which multiple R-sides are supported by a single D side, and Area Flow, in which the MSP manages flow through their target sector by coordinating with adjacent MSPS., were tested separately with two different 5-person teams, A baseline condition which assumed traditional radar-data roles but with access to advanced decision support tools was also run. Overall, the data suggest feasibility of both variations in the MSP. Workload was manageable for the MSP operations. Area flow operations were found to coordinated with advanced air traffic operations concepts and were shown to be acceptable to the controllers (both R and D side).
Theme: Innovative ATM Concepts
Keywords: ATC message complexity, ATC taskload, ATM operational concept, Cognitive Processes, Controller Workload, Decision Support Tools
Posted by: Kevin Corker
Note: Unset Received On Jan 29, 2007

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