An Evaluation of the ARTS (Automated Radar Terminal System) III Level of Automation (Third Lot Procurement)
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION ECONOMICS
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An evaluation of a new Automated Radar Terminal System ARTS III for controlling air traffic was made by simulating the air traffic environment in a statistically balanced experimental setting. Similar groups of air traffic controllers using both the ARTS III and the older system were presented with identical traffic patterns. A large number of measures of system performance were taken. Differences favoring the ARTS system were found in the most critical of these measures, safety, and were translated into dollar benefits resulting from an expected reduction in mid-air collisions. A comparison of these dollar benefits with the incremental costs to install and operate the new equipment favored its installation.
- Air Navigation and Guidance