Accession Number : ADA017086

Title :   The Controller/Computer Interface with an Air-Ground Data Link. Volume I.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May-Aug 74,


Personal Author(s) : Rossiter,S. ; Connelly,M. ; Wiseman,R. ; Morgan,T.

Report Date : SEP 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : A dynamic simulation study was conducted to determine the display techniques and operating procedures that best enable an air traffic controller to work in a mixed voice/digital communications environment. The study focused on the benefits that might accrue to ground-based automatic control through further automation of the controller's communication tasks. The simulation was performed at the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center as a joint effort with the Department of Transportation, Transportation Systems Center. A simplified version of the ARTS III Metering and Spacing system was used to assess the controller's communication task when automatically generated control commands were transmitted to voice link or to data link-equipped aircraft in terminal approach traffic. Subjectto follow-on testing of a more operational nature, it was concluded that a data link channel efficiently augments the vo ice channel, the value increasing as the percentage of data link aircraft increases.

Descriptors :   *Air traffic control systems, *Computers, *Air traffic controllers, *Data links, Man machine systems, Interfaces, Display systems, Simulation, Voice communications, Message processing, Air traffic control terminal areas

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Hardware
      Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE