Accession Number : AD0427677


Title :   DESCRIPTION OF THE TERMINAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL LABORATORY SYSTEM.


Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF


Report Date : 18 Sep 1963


Pagination or Media Count : 53


Abstract : A model of a future terminal air traffic control system was chosen as the vehicle for examining man-computer interactions which are basic to an adaptive capability. A real referent system was chosen, instead of an abstract system, so that experimental variables could be evaluated within the context of an operational environment. An air traffic system was chosen because it is typical of information-processing, decision-making systems. A future environment was chosen so as to provide greater likelihood of cooperative mancomputer information processing. Based upon a systematic survey of authorative forecasts, a set of assumptions was made about the future air traffic environment and the structure and operating characteristics of a future terminal system. These assumptions provided a framework for the design of the laboratory model. The laboratory subsystem exercises control over all airborne aircraft in the terminal area. It is the performance of this subsystem (the Terminal Control Center located at the San Francisco airport) which was studied. The center is manned by six people: two local controllers, two conversion controllers, a traffic coordinator, and an assistant to the supervisor. (Author)


Descriptors :   MATHEMATICS , FLIGHT PATHS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE