Accession Number : ADA017369

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

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J

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

Report Date : SEP 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 250

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. 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. Subject to follow-on testing of a more operational nature, it was concluded that a data link channel efficiently augments the voice channel, the value increasing as the percentage of data link aircraft increases.

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

Subject Categories : Air Navigation and Guidance
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Voice Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE