Human-in-the-Loop Simulation Experiment of Integrated Arrival/Departure Control Services for NextGen Operational Improvement

The National Airspace System suffers from a reduction in airport throughput or even closure when weather or traffic volume constrains arrival or departure gates to and from the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities. To alleviate this, the Federal Aviation Administration introduced the Integrated Arrival and Departure Control Services (IADCS) concept that would extend terminal separations and procedures to the adjacent Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) sectors for more flexible traffic. It proposes the use of resectorization, bidirectional gates, bidirectional routes, and Air Traffic Control assigned routes. The authors evaluated them in the human-in-the-loop high-fidelity experiment and collected objective and subjective data. The results clearly showed that all IADCS procedures except the vertically separated/bidirectional gate procedure were more effective than the Baseline condition that controllers currently use in the field. The authors conjecture the vertically separated/bidirectional gate procedure requires more complex perceptual and cognitive processes than the other procedures.

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    • © 2017 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Authors:
    • Hah, Sehchang
    • Willems, Ben
    • Mueller, Gary
    • Johnson, Daniel R
    • Schulz, Kenneth
    • DiRico, John
    • Hallman, Kevin
    • Maliko-Abraham, Helene
    • O’Brien, T G
    • Alvidrez, Sonia
    • Bastholm, Robert
    • Dworsky, Matthew
    • Fincannon, Thomas
    • Bassett, Philip
    • Hailston, Kenneth
  • Publication Date: 2017-9

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  • Accession Number: 01708345
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 24 2019 5:01PM