Accession Number : AD0427680


Title :   TERMINAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL AND PROBLEMS OF SYSTEM DESIGN,


Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF


Personal Author(s) : Alexander,L T ; Porter,E H


Report Date : 01 Oct 1963


Pagination or Media Count : 19


Abstract : Terminal air traffic control must turn toward automation soon. The design of an effective control system may be determined most efficiently by initial simulation in the laboratory. That it is possible to simulate such a system in the laboratory is demonstrated by the Terminal Air Traffic Control System established in SDC's Systems Simulation Research Laboratory. The system was tested in a series of 24 two hour runs under different traffic configurations and input patterns. The results of these runs suggest that prescheduling of approach paths is not as efficient as permitting controllers to determine the approach paths according to the situation of the moment. Safety, orderliness and expeditiousness measures were programmed into the computer and were taken during the simulated operations. Such measures, taken during actual operations, could be adapted to alert operators when the system is approaching some undesired level of effectiveness. (Author)


Descriptors :   *TERMINAL FLIGHT FACILITIES , AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS , AUTOMATION , DATA PROCESSING , OPERATIONS RESEARCH , MODELS , DECISION MAKING , DIGITAL COMPUTERS , MODEL TESTS


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