This study was accomplished in response to a request from Air Traffic Service (AAT-100), for development of a mockup to evaluate a centrally positioned terminal radar approach control in a tower cab (TRACAB) console. Presently, the Local Control position at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, generally faces both southeast runways, with all the attendant instrumentation in front of the controller. However, when conditions dictate a northwest operation, the Local Controller must turn away to see and sequence his traffic. The work effort addressed the relocation of operational positions from their usual peripheral sites in the tower cab to a unique four-winged central console with each wing having its own instrumentation. This console housed two Local Control and two Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) positions on one side of the console and a Ground Control position on the opposite side with identical instrumentation. These five positions were endowed with a 'flip/flop' capability as traffic dictated. The other two positions, Clearance Delivery/Flight Data and Watch Supervisor, remained constant at each end of the console, regardless of traffic flow. While the four-winged central console solved the Local Controller's instrumentation availability, it reflected two problems. Limited room on the console caused overcrowding and the resultant overheating of the operational equipment. Local Control perambulation was restricted due to the two ASR controllers and tower peripheral boundaries. Since few airports require the 'flip/flop' design necessary by a tower located between dual runways, it was concluded that no further evaluation of this console concept would be made.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Airport Technology Research and Development Branch
    Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • Ezekiel, E G
    • Zurinskas, T E
  • Publication Date: 1980-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326395
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-CT-80-40, FAA-RD-80-79
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 19 2002 12:00AM