A graphic study was conducted by the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center (NAFEC) to develop and evaluate a number of new procedural plans for the control of air traffic operating within the Las Vegas terminal area. A plan was also developed for a "head-on" type departure/arrival operation for Nellis Air Force Base (AFB). A controller opinion questionnaire was developed around factors that comprise elements of air traffic control that take into consideration the users, controllers, and the area. Each plan was evaluated by a panel of 14 air traffic control specialists. The new plans for the terminal area, along with the present operating procedures, were evaluated for each of four directions of operation or runway configurations and then statistically compared with each other. The "head-on" plan for Nellis AFB was likewise evaluated, and results from the questionnaires statistically compared with present operating procedures at Nellis AFB. The results of the evaluation indicate that, overall, plans 1 and 2 were significantly preferred over the present system and plan 2 was also significantly preferred over plan 1. The present system at Nellis AFB was significantly preferred over plan 3 (Head-On Procedures). Basic reasons for the raters' choice of the Nellis present system over the head-on procedure were safety, complexity of operation, controller workload, and adverse effects to missions at Nellis due to delays. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center

    Federal Aviation Administration
    Atlantic City, NJ  United States  08405
  • Authors:
    • Maurer, J J
    • Misiewicz, V J
    • Tack, R W
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 130 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00175961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-77-182 Final Rpt., FAA-NA-77-27
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM