Policy Impacts of ATC Automation: Human Factors Considerations.
SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA
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This report examines the future policy impact implications of advanced air traffic control ATC systems which might be developed by the Federal Aviation Administration FAA. It studies impacts of ATC automation on sector air traffic controllers, with emphasis placed on the identification of human factors problems that may arise in the future if higher levels of automation are implemented. Of particular concern are those human factors that may in some manner determine the direction of automation development or impeded the implementation of automation. Using descriptions of technological components currently proposed by the FAA, six ATC system operations were defined. These systems represent various levels of automation development from the current system to a system in which the human controller acts as a systems data manager. The systems were evaluated in terms of 17 factors describing job satisfaction and motivation, man-machine interface, and failure mode operations in order to identify critical operational characteristics for each system.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Air Navigation and Guidance
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems