Accession Number : ADP001647

Title :   Effect of VFR Aircraft on Approach Traffic with and without Cockpit Displays of Traffic Information,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONUATICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION MOFFETT FIELD CA AMES RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Hart,Sandra G.

Report Date : JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : This study investigated the impact of cockpit displays of traffic information (CDTI) on the flow of approach traffic. A mix of aircraft type, CDTI-equippage, and type of air traffic control (ATC) were included in the simulation. In addition, the practical issue of simulator fidelity in conducting such experiments was studied. Seven piloted simulators that represented a mix of general aviation-type and transport-type aircraft were simulated with two levels of control fidelity. They were flown by four teams of seven pilots each under ATC. A computer-generated target, flying a predetermined flight path, was also included to represent aircraft not in contact with ATC. The results indicate that aircraft type and not simulator fidelity influenced pilot and system performance. The frequency and content of communications, several measures of system performance, and pilot ratings also reflected pilot willingness to accept closer spacing and clearances to follow aircraft seen on a CDTI. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Air traffic, *Display systems, *Air traffic control systems, Approach, Simulation, Systems analysis, Visual flight rules, Commercial aircraft, Mixing, Air space, Separation, Spatial distribution, Acceptability, Pilots, Air traffic controllers, Decision making

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE