Accession Number : ADA319227

Title :   Evaluation of an Out-of-the-Window Air Traffic Control Tower Simulation for Controller Training.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Dec 93-Aug 96,

Corporate Author : JOHN A VOLPE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : Nadler, Eric

PDF Url : ADA319227

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : This study gathered evidence concerning the potential usefulness of out-of-the-window air traffic control tower simulation for training tower controllers. Data were collected from all ten developmental controllers who completed simulation training at Chicago O'Hare International Airport during 1994. The simulation included one controller position, outbound ground control. An out-of-the-window view was projected on three visual displays which approximated the size of actual tower windows. Aircraft were representative of O'Hare, and appeared to move in three dimensions on the displays. The simulation could display the entire airport, but only 135 degrees could be seen at a time and no inbound aircraft were simulated. After five weeks of simulation training, the trainees became certified on outbound ground control in 25% fewer days than trainees who received the same amount of traditional training. However, the trainees using the simulation needed only slightly (5%) fewer total hours to become certified on this tower position. Evidence suggested that the simulation increased the trainees' working speed, enabling them to work under busier conditions, and hence more hours per day. Expert ratings of eight ground control skills based on actual tower observations were all higher following simulation training than following traditional training.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *TRAINING DEVICES, *AIRPORT CONTROL TOWERS, *TRAINEES, *AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, GROUND LEVEL, POSITION(LOCATION), AIRCRAFT, SKILLS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, DISPLAY SYSTEMS, WINDOWS, RATINGS, INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS, VISUAL AIDS.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE