Accession Number:

ADA046826

Title:

Stress in Air Traffic Personnel: Low-Density Towers and Flight Service Stations,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON D C OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Report Date:

1977-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

Stress and anxiety levels were measured in 10 air traffic control specialists ATCS at two low-traffic-density towers, Fayetteville FYV, Arkansas, and Roswell ROW, New Mexico, and in 24 flight service FS specialists at Oklahoma City OKC, Oklahoma, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Roswell, New Mexico. Physiological measurements consisted of heart rate and urine biochemical analysis for 17-ketogenic steroids, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. On-duty arousal in ATCSs and FS specialists was evident both physiologically and psychologically such arousal was within psychologically normal limits and was generally low physiologically compared to other air traffic control ATC facilities that have been studied in the past. Physiological stress levels at these low-density towers and flight service stations were also low compared to other ATC facilities that were studied previously. It is concluded that it is inappropriate to describe all air traffic control work, as is commonly done in the popular press, as unusually stressful. Such accounts in the popular press tend to deal with the exceptional rather than with the typical controller or facility. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE